265 new cases of Covid-19 today: Public urged to refrain from supporting hairdressers going underground

265 new cases of Covid-19 today: Public urged to refrain from supporting hairdressers going underground

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

The Department of Health has confirmed 265 new cases of Covid-19 today, bringing the total number of cases in the Republic to 22,248.

An additional 37 patients diagnosed with Covid-19 in Ireland have died today.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre revealed that as of midnight on Monday, Dublin had the highest number of cases at 10,734 (49% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,289 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,192 cases (5%).

Speaking at the press briefing this evening, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, asked the general public not to become complacent with social distancing and hygiene measures when the restrictions begin to ease.

"The World Health Organization has advised that a likely future scenario in the dynamic of Covid-19 is recurring epidemic waves interspersed with periods of low-level transmission.

"This means that when Ireland eases social distancing restrictions, we may have periods of time when the numbers of people infected increases significantly.

"This is why it is vitally important that easing of social distancing restrictions is accompanied by a high level of adherence to the fundamental, individual behaviours needed to guard against transmission of the virus. 

"We have to adapt our behaviours in order to live safely with Covid-19," he said.

In response to a question posed at the press briefing this evening, Dr Holohan urged hairdressers not to go underground and offer services to clients before salons are permitted to reopen. 

He also asked the public to refrain from supporting individuals flouting the restrictions, saying that it is "risky behaviour".

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said that 78% of people who have been diagnosed to date with Covid-19 have recovered. 

"This is very welcome and in line with international experience, however, the course of this disease in any one individual remains unpredictable. 

"It is important that we are all aware of the risks and know how to prevent its spread," he said.

So far, there have now been 1,375 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. 

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