A woman in the east of Ireland has died of Covid-19 today. The woman is understood to have had an underlying illness when she contracted the disease.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan confirmed this was the first Irish death caused by the disease and extended his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

“I urge the media and the public to respect their privacy at this difficult time.

“We continue our efforts to interrupt the transmission of this virus. It will take all of us, collectively to succeed. Please continue to follow public health advice.”

The lady is thought to have been an older person and was being treated in hospital.

There are now 34 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, with a further sixteen in Northern Ireland.

There has been disagreement among senior civil servants, such as Dr. Tony Holohan, as to the prevention measures currently being taken.

Whilst the HSE chief executive Paul Reid said he supported hospitals implementing visitor restrictions, Dr. Holohan yesterday claimed that such measures were not needed and should be lifted.

Trinity College Dublin has cancelled all face-to-face lectures after one case of Covid-19 was detected at the university.