Covid-19 latest: Two deaths and 234 new cases as Cork cases increase

Covid-19 latest: Two deaths and 234 new cases as Cork cases increase

Some 234 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland, including more than 20 in Cork, according to the latest figures revealed today.

Two people have died from the virus bringing the total number of Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland to 1,794.

Some 21 new cases have been reported in Cork, along with 103 in Dublin, 30 in Donegal, 22 in Galway, 13 in Wicklow, 12 in Louth, nine in Kildare, eight in Meath and the remaining 17 spread across 10 counties.

Some 115 of the new cases were detected in men, while 119 were in women - 68% are in those aged under 45.

Almost 50% of the newly confirmed cases are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case while 34 cases are from community transmission.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn reiterated the need for people to reduce their social contacts.

“The single most important thing that people all across the country need to do now is to reduce their social contacts,” he said.

"We all need to cut down on discretionary social activities.

“Meeting fewer people means fewer opportunities for the virus to transmit,” he explained. # “Please prioritise who you choose to meet and try to keep your social network as small as possible.”

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