The US now has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world.

The Irish Ambassador to the United States is telling Irish students in the country to return home as soon as they can. Daniel Mulhall made the plea in a video uploaded to Twitter last night.

The US now has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world, according to research by John Hopkins University. Almost 165,000 cases were reported there on Tuesday morning.

Ambassador Daniel Mulhall has said Irish citizens who want to leave should do so now.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs issued similar advice last week saying:

“The spread of COVID-19 virus is becoming more serious each day, putting the population at increasing risk.

“We are advising those on short-term visas who risk losing employment, financial security and access to health care to return to Ireland.”