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Coronavirus Ireland: 68 new cases confirmed across five counties, no new deaths

  • Dr Ronan Glynn highlights importance of face masks
  • New cases in Kildare, Dublin, Laois, Offaly and Donegal


Dr Ronan Glynn. Pic Stephen Collins

Dr Ronan Glynn. Pic Stephen Collins

Dr Ronan Glynn. Pic Stephen Collins

A further 68 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

There have been no new deaths.

There is now a total of 26,712 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, with 1,772 deaths.

The breakdown of the cases are as follows: 19 cases are located in Kildare, 17 in Dublin, 15 in Offaly, 12 in Laois and 5 in Donegal.

Two of the cases are community transmission, with 82pc of the cases associated with people under the age of 45.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn said: “We continue to see cases linked to the outbreaks in counties where additional public health measures have been introduced."

“From tomorrow face coverings will be mandatory in retail and other indoor settings like hairdressers, cinemas and museums. We know that most people are already wearing face coverings and we hope to see even greater uptake over the coming days," he said.

“Time and again people have shown their willingness to follow public health guidance in the interest of protecting each other from this disease. Wearing a face covering is just one more way in which people can demonstrate their solidarity with one another as we seek to suppress the spread of COVID-19," he added.

Following the lockdown of Kildare, Laois and Offaly on Friday, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said today that a number of supports have been put in place for the region.

“Following NPHET advice on Friday, the Government moved quickly to introduce additional public health measures in Kildare, Laois and Offaly. I fully understand the disappointment and frustration that people in these regions and beyond are feeling this weekend. It was vital to act now before the virus spread further into the community – to protect public health, to protect vulnerable groups, including those in nursing homes, and to keep the reopening of schools and the recommencement of health and social care services on track," he said.

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“The HSE has put in place a range of additional supports for the region for the coming weeks, including additional testing and public health capacity, and isolation accommodation for those who need it. Outbreak control teams are in place for all outbreaks. The HSE has also established a National Standing Committee to consider and address matters related to the food processing and construction industries more generally given the recent pattern of cases.”

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