No new deaths from Covid-19, 24 more cases

Low number of new Covid-19 cases reported ahead of Phase 3 of reopening tomorrow

Low number of new Covid-19 cases reported ahead of Phase 3 of reopening tomorrow

Dr. Worries Tony Holohan notes that the number of cases being reported is increasing and there are some new clusters.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that one person with COVID-19 has died.

There is now a total of 25,437 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland.

Just 19 people are receiving hospital treatment for the virus, across 18 hospital sites in Northern Ireland, and over 1,400 people have been discharged after recovering from Covid-19, the report states. It now means a total of 25,262 confirmed cases of the deadly condition here in Ireland.

Meanwhile in the Republic of Ireland, a further death has been reported.

Dr. Ronan Gynn, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, says that the risk of new cases coming overseas is still important to avoid unnecessary travel.

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There have now been 5,751 confirmed cases of the virus in Northern since the outbreak. Many countries around the world are still experiencing high and increasing levels of this disease.

"Of the 23 cases reported today, 10 cases (43%) are in younger adults aged under 35 years".

There are now 19 Covid-19 inpatients in Northern Ireland's hospitals with none in an intensive care unit (ICU). "It's important that continue to avoid all unnecessary travel at this time", he warned.

The Chief Medical Officer has raised concerns over the return of worldwide travel, saying it risks a second wave of the coronavirus here.

"We have been corresponding on an nearly weekly basis with the NTA and operating companies in relation to a number of measures, not least the compulsory wearing of face coverings".

Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health showed a further increase in the proportion of people who self-reported to be wearing face coverings, now at 45%.

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