There have been 25 additional deaths related to COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today, along with 566 new cases.
There are just 17 new cases reported in Galway today. The 14-day incidence rate in the county has dropped to 222.8 per 100,000 people, and 575 new cases have been reported in the past fortnight.
Of the deaths reported today, five occurred in March, 13 occurred in February, and six in January or earlier. There is one case where the date of death is under investigation.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer said that the indicators of the disease are on a “positive trajectory”, but urged people to keep up their guard.
“We are still seeing outbreaks in the community, including those linked to extended families, workplaces and funerals. We need to keep up our guard against the B117 variant of COVID-19, which we know is dominant in Ireland at present and highly transmissible.”
“Our willingness to stick with the public health advice in our daily routine has brought us the progress that we can see today.”
“Together, through staying at home as much as possible, social distancing, hand washing and wearing face coverings, we can continue to drive down the spread of COVID-19.”
There have now been a total of 4,357 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland, and 221,189 confirmed cases of the disease.
Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of one death and seven previously confirmed cases.