Department of Health monitoring number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland "with growing concern” 1 month ago

Department of Health monitoring number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland "with growing concern”

"The next seven days are vital, everyone needs to reduce their contacts and assume any person you do meet may be carrying the virus."

102 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

No further deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

48% of today's cases are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case while 19 cases have been identified as community transmission.

56 of the cases are in Dublin, 11 are in Leitrim, six are in Galway and 29 cases are located in Carlow, Cavan, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wexford.

There are currently 49 cases in Irish hospitals with six of these in intensive care units.

Ireland's 14-day cumulative incidence of Covid-19 cases for every 100,000 people now stands at 34.7, up from 33.2 yesterday.

This means that Ireland's rate is higher than both Italy (30.3) and the UK (32.3).

"We are monitoring with growing concern the number of cases nationally, particularly in Limerick and Dublin," Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health said.

"The next seven days are vital, everyone needs to reduce their contacts and assume any person you do meet may be carrying the virus."

It was also reported on Monday that one further person has died from Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, while 141 people have tested positive for the virus.