A third death and almost 200 new coronavirus cases in Ireland; Cork cases rise above 60 

A third death and almost 200 new coronavirus cases in Ireland; Cork cases rise above 60 
The Mardyke in Cork today. Picture Denis Minihane.

Fourteen new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Cork by the Department of Health in their latest briefing today, where they also confirmed a third person in Ireland has died from the deadly infectious disease.

There were 191 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 557.

Dublin reported 171 cases, Cork, 62, and Limerick has 14.

84 of the total number of cases are associated with Healthcare workers, 28 are associated with foreign travel.

Of those for whom transmission status is known, community transmission accounts for 35%, local transmission/ close contact accounts for 21% and travel abroad accounts for 43%. 

71 cases remain under investigation.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health, said it is too early to see any impact of the social distancing measures.

“This data underscores the importance of younger people to rigorously follow public health advice and social distancing measures.” 

Dr Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health Medicine, HSE added: “Healthcare workers are at the frontline of this pandemic. 

"While it is heartening to see social distancing measures taken seriously across society, this must continue in order to protect the most vulnerable and support our healthcare staff throughout this pandemic.”

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