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Issues warning Tony Holohan says visors do not work as well as facemasks


Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan has called for wider use of facemasks instead of visors, particularly in retail settings, to limit the spread of Covid-19.

He said visors do not offer the same level of protection as facemasks.

It comes as another five deaths linked to Covid-19 were confirmed this evening by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

It has also confirmed there have been another 335 cases of the virus. This means there have been 3,335 confirmed cases in the past week, an average of 476 new outbreaks every day. There have also been 33 Covid-19 related deaths in the past week.

Dr Holohan praised efforts to curb the spread of the virus but warned against complacency.

“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 facemask where social distancing is difficult, in shops and on public transport.”

He said it was also important people wore facemasks correctly.

“Ensure you are fully covering both your mouth and nose with the facemask. 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 facemasks. Facemasks 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.”

Figures released this evening confirmed 284 patients were in hospital with Covid-19. Almost 10pc of these (23) were hospitalised in the past 24 hours, the Department of Health said.

Of those in hospital, 40 are being treated in intensive care units.

Dublin continues to see the highest number of new cases, with 72. Donegal has seen 41 new cases. There were 26 in Mayo. Cork and Kerry have reported 25 and 23 cases respectively.

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Donegal has the country’s highest infection rate. The 14-day incidence rate there 291.5 infections per 100,000 people. The national average is 185.6 per 100,000.

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