COVID-19: 9 new confirmed cases and 2 more people diagnosed with Covid-19 have died

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Health officials have confirmed a further two patients diagnosed with Covid-19 have died and there are nine new cases of the disease in Ireland.

A total of 1,740 people have died from Covid in Ireland while there are now 25,498 confirmed cases.

Dr Ronan Glynn has stepped into the role of Acting Chief Medical Officer after Dr Tony Holohan announced he would be stepping away from his position for personal reasons.