53 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland
There have been 221 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland in the last four days alone.
53 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.
There has now been a total of 26,162 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
There have been no new deaths reported to the HPSC today.
Of the new cases notified today, 80% of them are in people under 45 years of age.
45 are associated with outbreaks or close contacts of a confirmed case while four cases have been identified as community transmission.
25 cases are located in Dublin, 19 in Laois, six in Kildare and the remaining three are spread across two other counties.
The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The source of transmission for over 90% of cases reported today has been identified. This is a positive development in light of the number of cases reported over the past few days.
“However, our five day average for cases reported is now 47. We all need to continue to adopt a prevention mindset and continue making good choices to protect ourselves and others while trying to live safely with Covid-19.
“People are still susceptible, this virus has not changed. We know how to break the chains of transmission. Let’s stay the course by physically distancing, washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding crowds and doing all we can to protect each other.”
Earlier on Sunday, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that Ireland would begin random testing at Irish airports due to the volatility of the virus in some other countries.