'No one is immune': CMO highlights Covid-19 cases among young people as two new deaths reported

'No one is immune': CMO highlights Covid-19 cases among young people as two new deaths reported

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, highlighted that the illness continues to spread and claim lives worldwide. 

Two new Covid-19 related deaths have been reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) today.

This brings the current death toll remains at 1,717.

The HPSC has been notified of four confirmed cases of Covid-19.

The total number of cases in the country has now reached 25,383.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, highlighted that the illness continues to spread and claim lives worldwide. 

“Yesterday, more than 183,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported globally, the most in a single day according to the WHO," he said.  “In Ireland, in the last 14 days over a third of new confirmed cases are in young people under the age of 35. 

"This is not a disease that solely affects older people. No one is immune, everyone is responsible for limiting the spread of COVID-19.” 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “While it is encouraging to see an increase in the number of people wearing face coverings in public places, 41% is a significantly lower uptake when compared to our other recommended behaviours such as hand washing (92%) and physical distancing (91%). 

"Face coverings should be worn when it is difficult to maintain physical distancing, for instance in shops and on public transport.”

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