Two more people have died due to Covid-19, nine more cases
Two more people have sadly died in Ireland due to Covid-19.
This evening's latest briefing, published by the National Public Health Emergency Team, confirmed that two additional deaths due to the virus have brought Ireland's total number of deaths to 1,740.
Additionally, nine more cases have been confirmed, which brings Ireland's total known number of cases to 25,498.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, in his first statement as Acting Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health, said: "Ireland’s 14 day incidence of COVID-19 is now less than 3 cases per 100,000. This is amongst the lowest in Europe and demonstrates that the disease remains suppressed in our communities. The key to maintaining this status is responsible individual behaviours and avoiding any complacency.”
"HIQA’s report on mortality today demonstrates that we have comprehensively recorded deaths relating to COVID-19 in Ireland by following the recommended WHO approach.
"We have consistently recorded and published data on all deaths where a person had COVID-19 or was suspected to have COVID-19. This reporting gives us a robust understanding of the impact of the disease in Ireland and continues to inform our response."
Dr. Tony Holohan, who had been Chief Medical Officer since 2008, stepped aside from the role yesterday in order to be with his family.