DUBLIN, Ireland - A surge in deaths relating to the coronavirus has pushed Ireland's toll for the pandemic to 1,743.
Six people died in the 24 hours to midnight Wednesday the Health Protection Surveillance Centre said Thursday.
The HPSC was also notified of 23 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, more than three-quarters of whom were under 25. There is now a total of 25,565 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
"Today, NPHET has recommended that all visitors to healthcare settings including hospitals, GP practices and pharmacies, should wear face coverings," Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer of Ireland's Department of Health said Thursday night.
"15 of today's confirmed cases are directly or indirectly related to travel. NPHET today reiterates that all non-essential travel overseas should be avoided."
"In addition, 77% of cases reported today are under 25 years of age. COVID-19 is extremely infectious and none of us are immune. It is important that we all continue to follow public health advice and risk assess our actions," Dr. Glynn said.
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, added: "We are seeing an increase in the number of reported cases over the last 2 weeks and the R-number is now at or above 1. There is an immediate need for all of us to take care and caution in our decisions and actions."