The Chief Medical Officer(CMO) at the Department of Health has pleaded with people to behave as though they are a close contact of a Covid-19 case.
Dr. Tony Holohan made the appeal as the Health Protection Surveillance Centre reported 866 confirmed cases and 6 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 166 of the new cases were reported in Cork
“It is vitally important that if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that you self-isolate and phone your GP for further advice,” Dr Holohan said. “Self-isolate means stay in your room and avoid contact with other members of your household. Doing this will protect those you live with by interrupting the chain of transmission.
“I again appeal to everyone to behave as though you are a close contact. Stay at home, other than for essential reasons.”
Of the cases notified today -
* 428 are men / 438 are women
* 63% are under 45 years of age
* The median age is 35 years old
* 242 in Dublin, 166 in Cork, 56 in Donegal, 54 in Galway, 44 in Meath and the remaining 304 cases are spread across another 20 counties.
As of 2pm today 328 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 43 are in ICU.
There have been 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.