No new deaths due to Covid-19 reported for second day running
No new deaths.
The National Public Health Emergency Team has confirmed that no more deaths have been reported due to Covid-19 for the second day in a row. As such, the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland remains static 1,741.
Four new cases of the virus have been reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. There have now been 25,531 known cases of the virus recorded in the Republic of Ireland.
Over the past 14 days, the total number of confirmed cases notified to the HPSC is 141. Of which;
- Males 45% / Females 55%
- Median age is 37 years old; 66% of these cases were under 45 years of age
- 20 counties reported new cases; Dublin 41%, Kildare 17% & Sligo 12%
- 15% of these cases were travel related
Speaking at this evening's briefing, Acting Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn addressed concerns that arose over the weekend, about a lack of social distancing and irresponsible behaviour outside pubs.
He said: "If an environment does not feel safe, or it means you are unable to follow public health advice, do not risk it and go elsewhere.
"Between mid-May to the end of June, 35% of those identified as a close contact of a confirmed case did not take up the offer of a test. Every case has the potential to turn into a cluster, which in turn has the potential to spread through a community. If you are identified as a close contact, please take up the offer of a test without delay."
Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health said that the virus still has the potential to overwhelm Irish healthcare services depending on the action that people take.
She said: "Please continue to follow the guidelines; physically distance, wash your hands regularly, use cough/sneeze etiquette, wear a face covering appropriately."
A study undertaken by the Department of Health has revealed that 75% of people believe there will be a second wave, and that one-third of Irish people believe the worst is yet to come. 41% believe that the worst is behind us.