People urged to ‘double down’ on efforts to fight Covid-19


Public health officials are pleading with people to double down on their efforts to fight Covid-19 this bank holiday weekend.

The National Public Health Emergency Team says it's "very concerned" at the 85 newly confirmed cases of the virus.

It brings the total to 26,027, while another patient has died, meaning the death toll now stands at 1,763.

At least 18 of the newest cases are part of an outbreak at a dog food factory in Co Kildare, which has been closed since last Friday.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, is appealing for people to take care this weekend: