Coronavirus: No further deaths, 46 new cases

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has not been informed of any further deaths related to Covid-19 today, but 46 new cases have been confirmed in the Republic.

This takes the total number of cases to 26,208, while the number of deaths remains 1,763.

Of the new cases reported today, 27 are men and 19 are women, and the vast majority – 85% – are under 45 years of age.

There was no change in the number of cases in Galway, which stands at 498. This is just under 2% of the total number of cases in the state.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, warned against blaming certain sections of the population for the increase in cases in recent days.

“The vast majority of young people in Ireland have followed public health advice and have made very significant sacrifices to protect themselves and others.

“People of all ages will occasionally slip up as they learn to live safely with this virus. We should not seek to attribute blame, but rather continue to encourage one another to build on and sustain the great efforts that we have all made to date,” he said.

The NPHET will meet tomorrow, and confirmation will be given on whether Ireland will move to Phase 4 next week.

“We continue to urge everyone to observe the safe behaviours that we recommend such as physical distancing, washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding crowds and doing all we can to protect each other,” added Dr Glynn.