COVID-19 latest: seven additional deaths, 28 new cases reported

COVID-19 latest: seven additional deaths, 28 new cases reported
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Seven more people in Ireland with COVID-19 have died, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths here to 1,670.

This evening, Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health confirmed that 28 additional cases of the disease have also been confirmed with a total of 25,163 cases confirmed in Ireland since the beginning of the outbreak.

It comes as the latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that 1,527 cases of COVID-19 were reported from Cork up to Wednesday, June 3rd, an increase of six cases on the previous day.

Cork accounts for around 6 per cent of all cases reported nationally.

At this evening’s National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) briefing, Dr Holohan said that as we move into Phase Two of Ireland’s Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business on Monday that “it is our individual behaviours and personal choices that will ultimately influence what course this disease takes over the coming weeks and months.” 

Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said; “Phase Two provides vulnerable groups scope for home visits of up to six people for a short period of time, however it is vitally important that all visits to homes of vulnerable people be compliant with hand hygiene practices, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing of 2 metres. 

"It is hoped as we move through phases, that life becomes easier for severely impacted groups but that their safety is maintained at all times," he added. 

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