Two more deaths from COVID-19 in Republic

Use of face masks increasing but figures still low
  • Deborah Condon

Two more people with COVID-19 have died in the Republic, bringing the total number of deaths here to 1,717.

A further four cases of the virus have also been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases here to 25,383.

Over 402,000 tests have been carried out, including over 18,000 in the last week.

"Yesterday, more than 183,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported globally, the most in a single day according to the World Health Orgaization.

"In Ireland, in the last 14 days, over one-third of new confirmed cases are in young people under the age of 35. This is not a disease that solely affects older people. No one is immune, everyone is responsible for limiting the spread of COVID-19," commented the Department of Health's chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan.

Meanwhile research carried out on behalf of the department shows that there has been a further increase in the percentage of adults wearing face coverings in public places - from 34% last week to 41% this week.

However, according to the department's deputy chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, while it is encouraging to see this increase, "41% is a significantly lower uptake when compared to our other recommended behaviours, such as hand washing (92%) and physical distancing (91%)".

"Face coverings should be worn when it is difficult to maintain physical distancing, for instance in shops and on public transport," Dr Glynn said.

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