NINE new cases of the Covid-19 have been identified in the Republic of Ireland today, bring the total of confirmed cases to 43.
Of the nine cases identified, six of these are from the south of the country; four males associated with travel, one male who came into contact with a confirmed case and one female who came into contact with a confirmed case.
Elsewhere in the country, two males from the east associated with travel have tested positive for Covid-19 and one male, also from the east of the country, who came into contact with a confirmed case. Speaking at the Department of Health briefing on the Covid-19 outbreak, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan expressed his condolences to the female in the east who passed away today.
Dr Holohan said Covid-19 was “part of the certification of the death of the individual”.
Speaking at the press conference, Dr John Cuddihy stated that community transmission in Ireland is still “quite low”.
As panic buying continues to occur, Dr Holohan urged the public to be “responsible in their purchasing practices” and stated that there is no need for the general public to wear face masks or gloves. Commenting about the current procedure for people who have tested positive for Covid-19, Dr Holohan said confirmed cases are immediately admitted to hospital “irrespective of how ill they are” and that the Department of Health is currently reviewing this protocol.