Covid-19 latest: No new deaths; 12 new cases confirmed

Covid-19 latest: No new deaths; 12 new cases confirmed
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, and Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The Department of Health has announced that there have been no further deaths related to Covid-19 over the past 24 hours.

An additional 12 cases of the virus have been confirmed.

It brings the overall number of Covid-related deaths in the Republic to 1,764, with the total number of cases so far to 25,881.

The figures come as Tánaiste Leo Varadkar earlier today said that the government will consider proposals put forward by nursing unions as nurses raised concerns about “workplace clusters” and that the government needs to make sure that “action is taken” if there is a cluster.

Mr Varadkar also said he thinks the issue of international travel in relation to Covid-19 has received "too much attention” which "prevents us from focusing on what are the real risks".

Speaking on RTÉ's The Week in Politics, he said that since the pandemic began about 2 to 3% of cases were related to international travel but said they will have to "tighten up" on those coming from countries where Covid-19 rates are high.

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