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Acting CMO Dr Ronan Glynn

Acting CMO Dr Ronan Glynn

Colin Keegan

Acting CMO Dr Ronan Glynn

The Department of Health's acting CMO, Dr Ronan Glynn, last night urged people to limit their contacts as two further deaths with Covid-19 and a large increase in cases were announced.

His appeal came as the Health Protection Surveillance Centre announced two people with the coronavirus had died and another 156 cases had been notified.

There have now been a total of 1,777 Covid -19 related deaths and 27,908 cases of the disease in Ireland.

Of the cases announced last night, 81 were men and 75 were women. Seventy one per cent of the latest cases are in people under 45 years of age. Of the latest figures, 68 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case. Fifteen of them have been identified as cases of community transmission.

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The largest number of cases was 55 in Dublin, while 36 new cases were identified in Kildare, which had lockdown restrictions extended on Friday.

The new figures show the disease is now presenting across many counties in Ireland, with 12 in Tipperary, nine in Limerick, seven in Kilkenny and six in Waterford. The remaining 31 cases are in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Laois, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Dr Ronan Glynn call on Irish people to continue to be vigilant in preventing the spread of Covid-19.

"This weekend, if you are having people over, please have no more than six visitors, from no more than three households, to your home," he said.

"It is vital that people all across the country follow the public health advice. If you have any symptoms, isolate and contact your GP by phone immediately," Dr Glynn added.

Irish Independent