318 new Covid-19 cases, 21 in Donegal

Coronavirus: Fewer than 5 cases again in Galway

HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE confirmed a further 318 cases of Covid-19 in this country.

The remaining 131 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

Many places saw their highest footfall since the coronavirus pandemic began, with queues beginning from the early morning in Belfast city centre.

The Department of Health said that 73pc of confirmed cases are those under 45 years of age.

As of this afternoon, there were 282 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals, including 31 in intensive care.

But Carlow and Kilkenny have both registered less that five cases in the past 24 hours. The median age is 28 years old.

The national incidence rate is 113.3 - slightly higher than last night.

An announcement on exiting the existing Level 5 restrictions is now expected to be made by the Government next Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, the death toll linked to the disease has continued to rise on the island as a further 10 people with Covid-19 were confirmed to have died in Northern Ireland on Sunday.

John Hopkins University data as of Saturday showed 12,051,253 cases and 255,588 deaths have been reported in the U.S. The data showed 57,985,648 cases and 1,378,567 deaths have been reported globally.

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