DUBLIN, Ireland - 100 more deaths have been recorded by Irish health officials over the weekend.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre on Sunday added 23 additional deaths to the seventy-seven announced a day earlier.
The national tally is now approaching 3,000 deaths with the total after the weekend moving to 2,970.
As of midnight, Saturday 23rd January, the total number of cases stands at 187,544.
"While we are starting to make progress in reducing the level of the virus in the community, this is a critical time for all of us to hold firm to the public health advice. We must not let down our guard against this highly infectious disease and the risk it poses to ourselves and those most medically vulnerable to infection," Dr Tony Holohan, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer said Sunday night.
"There is a huge volume of disease in the country and the recent surge in cases continues to place an unprecedented strain on ICUs, hospitals and other frontline healthcare services. The answer lies in driving down social contacts and congregation in all settings, including in workplaces.
Everyone who can, should work from home where possible. For those of us who cannot work from home, it is essential to follow the public health advice in the workplace, such as the wearing of face coverings when moving around communal areas. We urge all employers to facilitate home working as much as possible and to ensure strict adherence to public health measures in the workplace," Dr Holohan said.