A further 21 COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded in Ireland, as the total number of cases nears 5,000.
The National Public Health Emergency Team has confirmed that an additional 9 females and 12 males have lost their lives as a result of the virus.
17 of those were located in the east of the country with two each in the south and west; while 12 of the 21 had underlying health conditions.
It means a total of 158 people in the Republic of Ireland have died as a result of the coronavirus.
390 new diagnoses of the virus have also been recorded today, bringing the total number across the 26 counties to 4,994.
The county by county breakdown has not yet been revealed for today but as of this time yesterday, there were 54 confirmed in Clare.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health says: “This past week has proven that the nation is working hard, together, by staying home to flatten the curve.
“If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you need to self isolate and phone your GP. I ask that everyone inform themselves on what to do in the instance they develop symptoms, as well as how to maintain their health and wellbeing. Support and guidance is available on gov.ie/health and the HSE website.”
Clare County Council’s COVID-19 helpline can be contacted on 1890 25 29 43