Three more deaths from COVID-19 in the Republic

7-day incidence in Ireland among lowest in EU
  • Deborah Condon

Three more people with COVID-19 have died in the Republic, bringing the total number of deaths here to 1,730.

A further 11 cases of the virus have also been confirmed, while two have been denotified, bringing the total number of cases here to 25,414.

As of Friday morning, there were 24 confirmed cases in hospital, with 12 of these in ICU.

Over 415,000 tests have so far been carried out, including more than 18,400 in the last week.

According to the Department of Health's chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan, an analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) has shown that the seven-day incidence of COVID-19 in Ireland is among the lowest in the EU.

"This is thanks to the collective efforts of everyone. However, we are witnessing new outbreaks across various countries as they ease restrictions and this reminds us of two things - the importance of adherence to public health guidelines as we ease restrictions here in Ireland, and the importance of continuing to avoid all non-essential travel," he commented.

According to Prof Philip Nolan, chairperson of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group (IEMAG), Ireland continues to see "extremely low levels of transmission of the virus within the population as a whole".

"However, the increasing number of cases related to travel and in young adults is an emerging source of concern. It is essential that we all continue to wash our hands, practice good cough and sneeze hygiene and practice social distancing," he said.

While the incidence of COVID-19 is currently very low in the community, people are being urged to contact their GP as soon as possible if they develop any respiratory symptoms.

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