Drop in number of new Covid-19 cases locally today

A record 1,276 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Republic and there are eight more deaths.

278 cases are in Dublin, with 149 in Cork, 108 in Meath, 107 in Galway, 80 in Wexford, and the remaining cases are spread across 21 counties.

Locally, Cavan has recorded 27 new cases today, with fewer than five recorded in Monaghan.

NPHET does not release specific numbers if fewer than five cases have been recorded.

The highest 14 day incidence rate for the virus is in Cavan with 758.8 per 100,000 population.

260 Covid-19 patients are being treated in hospital, of which 30 are in ICU and there’ve been 12 new hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.