Public warned that Coronavirus still has potential to spread across the country

The public's being warned Covid-19 still has the potential for spreading across all regions of the country. 

Around 500 new cases of the virus have been detected in 21 counties over the past week, with more than half involving people aged between 24 and 55. 

The death toll has risen to 1,658, after a further eight people died. 

Last night saw the lowest daily increase since March 11th, with 10 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 25,066.

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan says the latest spread across counties isn't surprising.

"This is a disease that is affecting every county in the country.

"Whereas this did have in many respects have a strong Dublin focus, an eastern focus, in the early stages, it has spread out over the country.

"A distribution across all the counties doesn't offer us any surprise."

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