A second person has died from COVID-19 in Ireland, and another 39 new cases have been confirmed, the National Public Health Emergency Team has said.

At an unscheduled briefing at 6pm  today the Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan, said he wanted to extend condolences to the family and friends of the patients who died.

“It is up to everyone of us now to play our role in slowing down the spread of the disease,” he said.

The total number of cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the Republic is now at 129.

Among the 39 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus, 29 are male and 10 are female, some are healthcare staff. The HSE have also said that the emergency services are being overwhelmed with requests for #COVIDー19 testing.

The Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science & Industry have summarised that advice as follows: