Three further deaths, 84 additional cases of Covid-19

 

A further three people have died from Covid-19.

There has now been a total of 1,781 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

84 new confirmed cases have also been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team.

There is now a total of 30,164 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

32 are men / 52 are women
66% are under 45 years of age

30% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.

8 cases have been identified as community transmission
51 in Dublin, 6 in Offaly, 5 in Kildare and the remaining 22 cases are located in Cork, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Meath, Roscommon, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wicklow.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We continue to see a concerning pattern of cases, particularly in Dublin. Transmission is diffuse across the county, is in all age groups and is mainly being driven by social interaction within and between households.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “While the reproduction number for Ireland as a whole is close to 1.0, the reproduction number for Dublin alone is approximately 1.4. We are seeing increasing case numbers in Dublin, growing close to 5% per day. If this were to continue, the number of cases would double every 14 days. Given the size of Dublin’s population it is essential we prevent any further spread now – by limiting our social contacts and taking precautions during any essential contacts.”