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Coronavirus Ireland: Six deaths and 772 new cases of Covid-19 announced

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

There has been 772 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland and six new deaths, the Department of Health confirmed this evening.

There is now a total of 61,059 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland with 1,908 related deaths.

Of those who contracted the virus, cases notified today; 362 are men and 406 are women.

A total of 64 percent of those infected are under 45 years of age - with a median age of 36 years old.

A total of 228 of the cases are in Dublin, 120 in Cork, 50 in Meath, 41 in Donegal, 41 in Galway and the remaining 292 cases are spread across all remaining counties.

As of 2pm today 325 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 42 are in ICU. 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “The overall situation has improved, but we have to remember that these are very early days. This improvement will only be maintained if we keep going in our efforts.

“We have to remember that incidence is increasing in older age groups, who are particularly vulnerable to this disease.

"The way in which we can protect them is if we continue to drive down transmission across the whole population.”

Dr. Desmond Hickey, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “As of today, Ireland has seen a reduction in its 7-day incidence rate of 36% when compared to the previous 7 days.

"Ireland’s progress is notable when compared to the rapidly deteriorating picture across Europe. It is paramount that we sustain and continue to drive down disease incidence as much as possible in the coming weeks.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said “The reproduction number is now close to 1.0 nationally. This is the first time in a number of weeks that we have been able to report positive indicators of the disease. However, our experience to date shows this type of progress is very fragile."

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