Covid-19 latest: 159 new cases with an additional 10 deaths

Covid-19 latest: 159 new cases with an additional 10 deaths
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

An additional 10 deaths have occurred - the lowest number of recorded deaths since before March.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre revealed that as of midnight on Monday Dublin had the highest number of cases at 11,242 (49% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,344 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,238 cases (5%).

Speaking at the press briefing this evening, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health said:

"I would urge everyone to become familiar with the behaviours that we all need to maintain, including respiratory etiquette, physical distancing and handwashing. 

"As we begin to think about easing restrictions these behaviours will become even more important."

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, stated that 84% of people diagnosed with Covid-19 have recovered.

"We have been provided with additional data today regarding cases with underlying health conditions. 

"Of 15,450 cases, where information is available, 53% had at least one underlying condition. 

"The most common underlying conditions reported are chronic heart disease (15%), chronic respiratory disease (11%) and diabetes (6%)," he continued. 

The National Public Health Emergency Team is due to meet again tomorrow.

So far, there have now been 1,497 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. The median age of deaths in Ireland is 84.

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