Six more people have died of Covid-19 in Ireland, 23 new cases 1 week ago

Six more people have died of Covid-19 in Ireland, 23 new cases

A jump in both figures.

The National Public Health Emergency Team has announced that six more people have died due to COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland. There has now been a total of 1,734 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland, taking into account two denotified cases.

Additionally, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been notified of 23 new cases, taking the total known number of cases to 25,437.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health warned that young people are making up a disproportionate number of new cases.

"High levels of compliance to public health advice to date has enabled further reopening of economic and social life," he said.

"However, of the 23 cases reported today, 10 cases (43%) are in younger adults aged under 35 years. A further 8 cases (35%) are in those aged between 35-54.

"This is now a real concern and a worrying trend at a time when many people are reconnecting with friends and loved ones and may be gathering in larger groups."

Holohan warns this behaviour means that more and more people are being advised to self-isolate: "In recent days, for example, some cases have had large numbers of close contacts that have required testing and self-isolation for 14 days.

"I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to remain informed, keep a 2m distance from others and follow the public health advice on hand washing, cough and sneeze hygiene, and wearing face coverings."

Ireland is set to enter Phase 3 of its reopening strategy on Monday 29 June, one effect of which will see pubs reopen while enforcing one metre social distancing where two metres of distance aren't possible.