Coronavirus: 147 new Covid cases in 16 counties including Galway

Galway Daily news Galway hospitals see COVID cases double in recent weeks

There have been no new deaths in the Republic of Ireland for a second day, but the number of cases in Galway has increased again after no new cases were reported yesterday.

The Department of Health has confirmed 147 new cases in total across the State, taking the total number of cases in the Republic to 28,116.

Most of the cases are in Dublin (73), while there are 17 cases in Kildare, 12 in Offaly, 11 in Wicklow, 9 in Limerick.

The remaining 25 cases are in Galway, Carlow, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Laois, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Tipperary and Wexford.

The exact number of new cases in Galway will become known tomorrow when the Department of Health releases its breakdown of cases. It currently stands at 509.

Of today’s cases, 80 are men and 67 are women, while 71% are under 45 years of age.

Sixty are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.

Dr Ronan Glynn said: “Evidence from the ECDC and international experience to date suggests that children do not commonly transmit COVID-19 to other children or adults in school settings.

“Internationally, where schools have been reopened, schools have not been a significant driver of community transmission.

“We all have a role to play in keeping this virus at low levels – this is key to protecting our education system over the coming weeks.”