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Coronavirus Ireland: Seven deaths and 777 new cases of Covid-19 announced

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

There has been 777 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland and seven further deaths, the Department of Health confirmed this evening.

There is now a total of 55,261 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland with 1,878 related deaths.

Of the cases notified today; 434 are men and 340 are women. The median age of those who contracted the virus is 33-years old with 66 percent under 45 years of age.

Of those who contracted the virus, 182 are in Dublin, 81 in Galway, 44 in Wexford, 42 in Meath, 41 in Cork and the remaining 387 cases are spread across 21 remaining counties.

As of 2pm today 319 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “15,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 14 days.

"It is vital for everyone with a recent diagnosis to self-isolate for the full 10 days to protect the people they live with, the people they love and people in their communities from this highly infectious disease.

"Self-isolate means stay at home, stay in your room as much as possible, stay away from other people, including those in your household.

“If you live with someone who has COVID-19 or you have been told that you are a close contact, you must restrict your movements for a full 14 days.

"Stay at home - don’t go to work, don’t go to school.

“I appeal to everyone to behave as though you are a close contact. Stay at home, other than for essential reasons. Now is the time to use our reserves of energy and dig deep in our efforts to follow the public health advice – keep your distance, wash your hands and wear a face covering. Play your part to break the chains of transmission across families, neighbours and communities.”

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