Covid-19 latest: Public warned to keep distance as cases rise across Ireland

Covid-19 latest: Public warned to keep distance as cases rise across Ireland

Sixty-seven new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland, according to the latest figures released today.

No new deaths have been reported.

There are now a total of 26,995 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland while the death toll remains at 1,774 COVID-19 related deaths.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre today confirmed that it has been notified of the 67 new cases.

Of the cases notified today, 35 are men and 32 are women with 70% of the cases under 45 years of age.

Some 38 cases are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case while a further 16 cases have been identified as community transmission.

Eighteen of the newly notified cases are in Dublin, 17 in Kildare, nine in Clare, five in Limerick with the other 18 spread across Carlow, Cork, Donegal, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Tipperary, Wexford, Wicklow.

The HSE said it 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 have seen cases rising all across the country this week.

“We must continue to do all we can to avoid a return to where we were in March and April.” 

We have also seen an increase in the average number of contacts for confirmed cases up to six,” he added.

“It is crucial to keep your social contacts low to limit the spread of this disease.” “We all have a responsibility to stop this.

“Social distancing applies to all age groups - wherever you are this weekend, keep your distance."

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