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Coronavirus: 3 deaths and 324 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The latest figures were announced by the Department of Health this evening.

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn at yesterday's press conference.
Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn at yesterday's press conference.
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A FURTHER 324 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland, the Department of Health has said this evening.

The total number of confirmed cases is now at 33,994.

In a statement, it said that a further three people confirmed to have Covid-19 have died.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Ireland is 1,797 .

Of the new cases, 167 are in Dublin, 42 in Donegal, 34 in Cork, 13 in Monahan, 12 in Kildare, 8 in Cavan, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Meath, 6 in Roscommon and 5 in Wicklow, with the remaining 25 cases in 11 counties.

Community transmission was identified in 81 of the new cases, while 52% were associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.

64% of today’s cases are in people under 45 years of age. 

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: “Public health doctors are coming across more cases arising from people who are close contacts of confirmed cases and are not restricting the movements.

“Remember that Covid-19 is highly contagious and you can be infectious without symptoms. If you are a close contact of a confirmed case please follow the guidelines on hse.ie and restrict your movements for 14 days – do not go to school or work, do not have visitors to your home, do not go to the shop or pharmacy unless it is absolutely necessary.”

“Please avail of a test when it is offered. Last week 1 in 10 close contacts who had a test were found to be positive – many of them had no symptoms.”

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Cabinet is set to confirm new restrictions for Donegal this evening, on foot of a recent spike in cases in the county. 

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