COVID 19 latest: 10 more people have died, 426 new cases reported

COVID 19 latest: 10 more people have died, 426 new cases reported
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health arriving at the daily briefing from the Department of Health in Dublin. Photo: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

Ten more people with COVID-19 in Ireland have died, bringing the number of COVID-19 related deaths here since the beginning of the outbreak to 1,506.

This evening, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) confirmed that 426 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan said this figure includes the reporting of a significant number of cases from one hospital which date from over a period of time, and were reported today.

Less than 200 of the new cases relate to specimens taken in recent days.

A total of 23,827 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Ireland to date.

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “All indicators of the spread of COVID-19 are decreasing, including the average number of cases per day, number of people in hospital and ICU, admissions to ICU and number of reported deaths per day.

“This is reinforced by our estimate reproduction number which is currently stable between 0.4 and 0.6. We will be monitoring this figure and the overall number of infections in the population very closely over the coming weeks.” 

 Dr Tony Holohan said that the National Public Health Emergency Team met today and have given further advice to the Government.

“We still want to see progress over the coming days. We need to continue our physical distancing and hygiene measures if we are to continue to suppress the spread of the disease,” he said.

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