No new deaths from COVID-19 reported

Holohan warns of "worrying trend" of new cases
  • Deborah Condon

No new deaths among people with COVID-19 have been reported, leaving the confirmed number of deaths here at 1,735.

However 24 new cases of the virus have been confirmed, a figure described as "worrying" by the Department of Health's chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan.

There are currently 25,462 confirmed cases of the virus here.

"We are starting to see a worrying trend, with the number of reported cases increasing, and some new clusters. As restrictions are lifted and people move about more, it's important that we use the tools that have helped us suppress the virus to date," Dr Holohan said.

He reminded people of the importance of hand washing, physical distancing, cough/sneeze hygiene and wearing face coverings in busy places, such as shops and on public transport.

"These are all important personal behaviours that mean, as we go about our daily lives, that we are doing everything we can to avoid contracting the virus and spreading it to those we love," Dr Holohan commented.

According to the department's deputy chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, at least six of the cases reported today are associated with international travel.

"Many countries around the world are still experiencing high and increasing levels of this disease. Last week, there were over 1.1 million cases reported and there have now been over 10 million cases reported globally to date.

"The risk of imported cases remains high. It's important that people continue to avoid all unnecessary travel at this time," he said.

Meanwhile, research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health today shows that 45% of people are now wearing face coverings - 53% of females and 36% of males.

Some 64% of people believe we will see a second wave of the disease, while 31% feel we are trying to return to normal too fast.

Phase 3 of the easing of COVID restrictions is now in place. For more on this, click here.


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