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Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Colin Keegan

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Ireland has suffered its saddest day in the fight against the coronavirus with a record number of 17 deaths and 325 new cases of the infection.

The mounting death toll from the virus has now reached 71.

It comes as Irish patients with Covid-19 are to take part in an international clinical trial to see if there are treatments which can support those who are critically ill with the virus.