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latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: six further deaths and 431 new cases confirmed

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There has been a further six Covid-19 related deaths while 431 new cases of the virus confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

This brings the Covid-19 death toll to 2,140 while the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland now stands at 77,197.

A total of 185 of the new cases are men and 244 are women

Of the cases notified today, 134 are in Dublin, 53 in Donegal, 25 in Cavan, 24 in Louth, 22 in Mayo, and the remaining 173 cases are spread across all other remaining counties.

The median age is 35 years old and 67 pc are under 45 years of age.

As of 2pm today 207 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU. 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We are seeing significant and concerning indicators that this disease in moving in the wrong direction, including an increase in positivity rates, and 7 day and 14 day incidence, and our 5 day average has now increased to 339 cases.

"Recent international experience has demonstrated just how quickly this disease can get out of control.”

“These trends are all the more troubling because of the delicate and precarious situation we are in - as a country, we are heading into a period of potential widespread inter-household and inter-generational mixing.

"This is an ideal opportunity for the virus to spread and impact on those most vulnerable to its severest effects. Don’t give COVID-19 this chance: limit your contacts, prioritise who you meet, and let’s remain vigilant so we can get through this together. NPHET will meet tomorrow to review the epidemiological situation.”


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