"If any such premises become known to us, the Minister will be advised to use his regulatory powers to enforce the temporary closure of premises in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19".
The median age of confirmed cases is 44 years.
Statistics released by the HPSC and Department of Health as of Friday, 20 March, shows that 30% of all confirmed cases have been hospitalised, with 17 people admitted to Intensive Care Units.
Dublin remains the county with the highest number of cases- over half at 56%, followed by Cork with 101 cases (14%).
Of those for whom transmission status is known, community transmission accounts for the majority of cases (45%), close contact accounts for 23%, and travel overseas accounts for 31%.
Italy is now the worst affected country in the world with 53,578 infections confirmed in the country as of today - that is including a record-breaking rise of 6,557 cases which were confirmed by health officials in the country today.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 219 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, as at 1pm, Monday 23 March.
A FOURTH person has died after contracting coronavirus in Ireland, the Department of Health has confirmed.
Dr Holohan said: "We understand the anxiety this outbreak may be causing people".
"I would like to acknowledge the efforts of everyone adhering to public health advice".
He said that public health doctors who are carrying out contact tracing report that the majority of contacts now being identified are "mostly household contacts". You are actively helping flatten the curve and limit the spread of Covid-19.
The Department of Health is also advising anyone who is waiting to be tested to act as though their test is positive and should self-isolate now, while they await testing and results.
Dr Holohan said that while there is now a delay in testing, people waiting should still stay at home and isolate, along with their household contacts.
84% of people say they are practicing social distance in a queue. "The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again tomorrow morning, where we will continue to review Ireland's response and make further recommendations where appropriate", he said.
Holohan said all aspects of public health advice was constantly being reviewed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), "We will not hesitate to take more measures where necessary, based on epidemiological evidence and in proportion with Ireland's experience of this outbreak".