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Only three new positive Covid-19 tests today but cases associated with travel ’grave concern’ for Ireland

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Professor Philip Nolan said people should question whether to go on a foreign holiday this year (Brian Lawless/PA)

Professor Philip Nolan said people should question whether to go on a foreign holiday this year (Brian Lawless/PA)

Professor Philip Nolan said people should question whether to go on a foreign holiday this year (Brian Lawless/PA)

The number of new travel-related Covid-19 cases is a “grave concern” for Ireland, Professor Philip Nolan has said.

Professor Nolan, chairman of the NPHET Irish epidemiological modelling advisory group, said people should question whether they need to take a foreign holiday this year due to the risk of a resurgence of the virus.

He tweeted: “New travel-related Covid-19 infections a grave concern. A surge seeded by travel is a risk to public health, to healthcare workers, to the vulnerable in our community. We can protect them by foregoing our holiday abroad. A useful question for any activity: luxury or necessity?”

It comes as chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan warned that the high number of young people among the country’s new cases of Covid-19 marks a “worrying trend”.

Nearly half of the 23 cases confirmed on Saturday were in people under the age of 35 while eight cases were among people aged between 35 and 54.

In a statement on Saturday night, Dr Holohan said the number of young people testing positive is “now a real concern and a worrying trend.”

He also warned that some of the newly-confirmed cases had “large numbers of close contacts that have required testing and self-isolation for 14 days”.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre announced today that one more person with Covid-19 has died.

There has now been a total of 1,735 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Another three cases were also registered, however one was denotified meaning that since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic 25,439 people have tested positive for the virus in Ireland.

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