Coronavirus: 66 new cases in Republic, but no deaths

There have been no additional deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today, but 66 new cases have been confirmed.

None of the 66 cases reported today are in Galway, which means the number of cases in the county remains 507.

Across the Republic, a total of 27,257 people have now tested positive for the disease, and 1,774 have died with the virus.

Today’s cases are spread across 14 counties: 21 Kildare, 16 in Dublin, 6 in Limerick, and the rest of the 23 cases are in Clare, Donegal, Laois, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Wicklow.

34 are men and 29 are women, while 67% are under 45 years of age.

Speaking this evening, Dr Ronan Glynn said that NPHET will meet tomorrow to review and discuss the case figures that have been reported in recent days.

“[The team] will make any necessary recommendations to Government which are required to protect the vulnerable, continue with the resumption of healthcare services and ensure the safe reopening of our schools.

“The phased reopening of the country has afforded people the opportunity to socialise with each other again.

“However, some are doing this recklessly and undermining the efforts of the majority of people around the country who are following public health advice.

This cannot continue. This pandemic isn’t over just because we are tired of living with it,” said the acting Chief Medical Officer.

He added that we must all learn to behave and interact in a new way over the coming months so that COVID-19 cannot take root again in our communities.

“Please avoid crowds, reduce your social contacts, keep your distance from others, wash your hands and wear face coverings.”

Galway Daily