92 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland
"We know that what the public health advice asks you to do can be difficult, but we are asking you to stay the course with it."
92 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has said.
There is now a total of 26,929 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland since the outbreak began.
24 of the new cases are in Dublin, 24 are in Kildare, eight are in Limerick, six are in Carlow, six are in Kilkenny, five are in Meath, five are in Clare, and the remaining 14 cases are in Cork, Donegal, Kerry, Laois, Louth, Monaghan, Offaly, Waterford and Wicklow.
The HPSC has said that 12 cases are reported as community transmission while 43 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.
72% of the cases are in people under 45 years of age.
“We expected that this week the daily figures we report would rise and fall," Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said.
"NPHET is closely monitoring all trends, patterns and changes in the data, including not just case numbers but locations, age groups, and sources of transmission.
“We are asking those in Kildare, Laois and Offaly to hold firm and stay with us in the measures introduced last weekend. As today’s figures show, cases are also occurring in several other counties around the country. This is still about a united, whole of country approach. The only way we can effectively suppress Covid-19 across Ireland in the long term is if we act together to protect each other.
“Living with Covid-19 has undoubtedly been difficult and this pandemic has adversely impacted on people in many different ways. We know that what the public health advice asks you to do can be difficult, but we are asking you to stay the course with it.
“Individual actions break the chains of transmission of this virus. Avoiding crowded places, limiting your social contacts, working from home where possible, not attending house parties, keeping 2m distance, washing your hands and wearing a face covering - all of these safe behaviours matter, and all of them add up to make a significant difference.”