Nine more deaths from COVID-19 in the Republic

367,000+ tests have been carried out
  • Deborah Condon

A further nine people with COVID-19 have died in the Republic.

One death that had previously been classed as COVID-related has been denotified, so the number of deaths now stands at 1,691.

A further nine new cases of the virus have also been confirmed, while one has been denotified, bringing the total number of cases here to 25,215.

Currently, there are 110 people in hospital with confirmed COVID-19 and of these, 35 are in ICU.

Data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows that of the 25,206 cases reported to is as of midnight on June 7, 3,331 (13%) have been hospitalised and of these, 413 have been admitted to ICU.

Meanwhile, 367,780 tests have been carried out so far in Ireland, including 19,364 in the last week. Of the tests carried out in the last week, 185 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 1%.

"While today we report nine new cases and the situation continues to improve in both Ireland and across Europe, the World Health Organization has noted that now is not the time to ‘take the foot off the pedal', and that countries need to continue to work hard to avoid complacency and promote solidarity," commented the Department of Health's chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan.

The department emphasised the importance of contact tracing in the fight against the virus.

"Contact tracing and public health surveillance are essential elements in our response to COVID-19. Public health doctors and their teams have quietly undertaken an extraordinary effort to contact trace over 25,000 COVID-19 cases to date.

"Going forward, we can all assist them in their work by limiting the number of people we meet and keeping a log of the people we interact with every day," noted the department's deputy chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn.

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