Six more deaths from COVID-19

FF's Stephen Donnelly is new Minister for Health
  • Deborah Condon

Six more people with COVID-19 have died in the Republic.

Two deaths that had previously been classed as COVID-related have been denotified, bringing the total number of deaths here to 1,734.

A further 23 cases of the virus have also been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases here to 25,437.
According to the Department of Health's chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan, of the 23 cases new cases reported today, 10 (43%) are in people aged under 35 years, while 8 (35%) are in people aged between 35 and 54.

"This is now a real concern and a worrying trend at a time when many people are reconnecting with friends and loved ones and may be gathering in larger groups.

"In recent days, for example, some cases have had large numbers of close contacts that have required testing and self-isolation for 14 days. COVID-19 is an infection that affects all ages and it is incumbent on all of us to take our individual responsibility seriously," Dr Holohan commented.

He urged people to continue to remain informed, practise social distancing and follow the public health advice on hand washing, cough and sneeze hygiene, and wearing face coverings.

In other news, Micheál Martin has been elected Taoiseach as part of a new Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Green Party coalition Government, while Leo Varadkar will be the new Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

Fianna Fáil's Stephen Donnelly is the new Minister for Health, with Simon Harris becoming the Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Research.

The new Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration is Roderic O'Gorman of the Green Party, while the new Minister for Social Protection is Fine Gael's Heather Humphreys.

The new Minister for Housing is Fianna Fáil's Darragh O'Brien.


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