Ireland sees Covid-19 cases rise by 57, 70% under the age of 45

Ireland sees Covid-19 cases rise by 57, 70% under the age of 45
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health. Picture Stephen Collins

There have been 57 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in the country.

No further deaths have been reported.

Today's figures bring the total number of cases to date to 26,768, while the number of deaths remains at 1,772.

However, the message around social distancing is getting lost, according to the country's Acting Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn.

Ireland's incidence of cases per 100,000 people over the past 14 days is now higher than the UK, at 18.5.

Dr Glynn said: "I'm concerned that that particular part of the message is getting lost. It appears to me that people are washing their hands, they are practising respiratory etiquette and we can see the really good uptake in terms of face-coverings on public transport and retail. 

We are seeing people much closer together on our streets and there is a new communications campaign asking people to take a step back and so I would ask people to do that.

Dr Glynn also had more information on the 879 cases that have arisen in the past two weeks.

He said: "Three hundred and 25, or 37%, were in Kildare, 163 or 19% were in Dublin, 95 or 11% were in Offaly, 71 or 8% were in Laois 36 or 4% were in Limerick and 34 or 4% were in Clare.

"The remaining 135 cases were spread across 20 other counties."

Of the cases notified today;

* 29 are men / 28 are women 

* 70% are under 45 years of age 

* 31 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case 

* 8 cases have been identified as community transmission 

* 19 cases are located in Kildare, 11 in Dublin, 10 in Offaly, 7 in Limerick, and the rest of the cases are in Clare, Cork, Galway, Kerry and Wicklow

Dr Glynn said: “People in Ireland coming together to support one another against COVID-19 has been the cornerstone of the national effort to date. 

"While people in Kildare, Laois and Offaly are being asked to reduce their movements and social interactions, and some businesses are being asked to curtail their services, it is important that we remember that everyone across the country has a role to play in minimising the spread of this disease in our communities.” 

Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health, said: “From today, you are asked to wear face coverings in a variety of indoor commercial settings such as shops, supermarkets, libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres. 

"Remember to clean your hands before you put on your face covering, and hold it by the ear loops. Ensure it sits snugly over your nose and mouth. 

When you remove it, place it in a Ziploc bag and then when you get home, put it in a 60 degree wash. Try to avoid touching the front of your face covering when wearing it.

“Every small, daily action we take, such as wearing a face-covering in the shop, is an act of solidarity with healthcare workers who have been at the frontline of this public health crisis since its outset.” 

Dr Siobhán Ní Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and Integrated Care Lead, HSE, said, “It is important to remember that all the safe behaviours we are asked to adopt are designed to protect the most vulnerable groups in society from catching this very dangerous disease. COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities, and by avoiding crowded places, keeping our social contacts to a minimum and socially distancing from one another, we are helping to break chains of transmission that could lead to an older person or a vulnerable person catching this infection.”

Meanwhile, there have been 76 new Covid-19 cases in the North.

It brings to 6,140 the number of cases in Northern Ireland.

One new death has been reported, the first in 27 days, and brings the total death toll there to 557.

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