One more death from COVID-19 in the Republic

Big uptake of new COVID Tracker app already
  • Deborah Condon

One more person with COVID-19 has died in the Republic, bringing the total number of deaths here to 1,742.

A further 24 cases of the virus have also been confirmed, however 17 have been denotified. The total number of cases now stands at 25,538.

Earlier today, the COVID Tracker app was launched by the HSE and the Department of Health, with the aim of slowing down the spread of the virus (for more on this, click here).

According to the department's acting chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, as of 5pm this evening, the app had already been downloaded around 545,000 times.

"This is one more example of the solidarity and collective spirit that has characterised the Irish public's response to COVID-19 to date.

"The app is an important tool to support our contact tracing systems. It has the potential to reduce the time that people are active in the community with infection, which will have a significant impact on the transmission of the disease," Dr Glynn said.

He emphasised that the more people who download and use the app, "the more effective it will be".

"It is a further opportunity for us to play our part in the response to COVID-19," he added.

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


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