Two more deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to the NPHET, as well as four new confirmed cases.
The death toll in the Republic of Ireland now stands at 1,717, while the number of people who have tested positive for the virus has risen to 25,383.
No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in today’s figures for Galway – the number of cases in the county remains 485, which is just over 1.9% of the total number of confirmed cases in the state.
Dr. Tony Holohan said that yesterday, more than 183,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported globally, the most in a single day according to the WHO.
“In Ireland, in the last 14 days over a third of new confirmed cases are in young people under the age of 35.
“This is not a disease that solely affects older people. No one is immune, everyone is responsible for limiting the spread of COVID-19.”
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, added, “While it is encouraging to see an increase in the number of people wearing face coverings in public places, 41% is a significantly lower uptake when compared to our other recommended behaviours such as hand washing (92%) and physical distancing (91%). Face coverings should be worn when it is difficult to maintain physical distancing, for instance in shops and on public transport.”
According to Amárach research, 48% of females and 33% of males report wearing a face covering in public places
The majority (56%) of adults feel that the worst of the pandemic is behind us.