27 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland bringing total to 70

27 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland bringing total to 70

Additional reporting by Press Association

27 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland, according to the Department of Health.

Twenty-two cases are associated with local transmission, two are associated with community transmission and three are associated with travel.

Three of the new cases are in intensive care units bringing the total number of patients in ICU to six.

There are now 70 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced on Thursday that schools, colleges and other public facilities will close for a fortnight from Thursday evening, as part of measures to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.

Ireland’s chief medical officer Tony Holohan said “he recognises the differences” on the island of Ireland in the way governments are dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Republic of Ireland has closed schools, colleges and creches but authorities in Northern Ireland have not.

Mr Holohan said: “We have assessed the situation from our point of view and we believe that closing schools is an important part of the strategy for the reasons of ultimately protecting older and vulnerable people from schoolchildren who may not be significantly affected in terms of the illness.”

    Useful information
  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
  • GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

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