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Relief for capital Coronavirus Ireland: Five deaths and 335 new cases of Covid-19 as Dublin finally sees dip

Dr Tony Holohan is appealing to the public to wear face masks correctly

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A further five people have died and there have been 335 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 today.

The latest figures bring the death toll to 1,945 while the total number of confirmed cases now stands at 64,855*.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has resulted in the denotification of 18 confirmed cases, resulting the adjusted total of 64,855.

Dublin is finally beginning to see a dip in cases, with below 100 new cases today despite still having the highest number of new cases overall.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 155 are men / 177 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 37 years old
  • 72 are in Dublin, 41 in Donegal, 26 in Mayo, 25 in Cork, 23 in Kerry, and the remaining 148 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

As of 2pm today, 284 patients are in hospital, 40 of whom are in ICU. There were 23 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The commitment to the spirit of the public health advice shown by people across Ireland since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic is to be commended. This includes wearing a face mask where social distancing is difficult, in shops and on public transport.”

"However, it is also vital that they are worn correctly and safely. Ensure you are fully covering both your mouth and nose with the face mask.

"Remember, visors do not offer the same benefits as face masks. I want to particularly highlight that it is very important that those who work in settings such as retail avoid the use of visors and instead use face masks.

"Face masks offer far better protection, and they should be worn by everyone who can wear them. Wearing one prevents someone who does not know they have Covid-19 from spreading it to another person.

“They are a key element of our defence against this virus, alongside staying at home and avoiding meeting people outside your household.”

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