Increase in number of new Covid-19 cases, two more dead

219 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Ireland.

The announcement was made this evening by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

It also confirmed that two more people, both male, have died. 1,125 people have now tested positive for Covid-19.

Cavan and Monaghan both report fewer than five cases each.

Twenty more cases were reported in Northern Ireland today, taking the total there to 148.

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach has flatly rejected calls from Sinn Féin for the Apple tax money to be used to pay for Coronavirus supports.

Leo Varadkar has said the money is not the government’s to take – and they will be finding other means to pay for the required measures.

Political party leaders met this afternoon to discuss the next steps in responding to Covid-19.