33 new Covid-19 deaths; close to 9000 confirmed cases in Ireland

33 new Covid-19 deaths; close to 9000 confirmed cases in Ireland
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The HSE has said that there have been another 33 deaths from Covid-19 in Ireland as of 1pm this afternoon.

It brings the total number of people to have died from the virus in Ireland to 320, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

The National Public Health Emergency Team said 25 were reported as having underlying health conditions.

The HPSC also revealed that Ireland had recorded the largest number of new cases in a single day since the start of the outbreak with another 553 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported by Irish laboratories.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Today’s figure of 553 represents the largest number of new cases reported in a single day since the start of the outbreak.

“This should remind everyone of the importance of hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing. These are the actions to suppress this infection. We need to continue with them.” 

Thirty of the deaths were in the east and three were in the west of the country. They included 14 females and 19 males with a median age of 82.

There were an additional 286 confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported by a laboratory in Germany.

With the latest German figures included, there are now a total of 8,928 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Earlier today a mental health and wellbeing initiative to support the mental health needs of the public through this pandemic was announced by Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD.

“It is very important that people know they are not alone during this time. This campaign will be about uniting all of us, staying connected and insuring we get through this together." 

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