Coronavirus: 211 cases and one Covid related death reported today

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

There have been 211 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the State, while the HPSC has today been informed that one person with the virus has died.

Five of the new cases are in Galway, but the majority again are in Dublin (121).

Seventeen new cases were confirmed in Louth, ten in Limerick, eight in Cork, seven in Westmeath, seven in Wicklow, six in Laois and five in Donegal.

The remaining 24 cases are in Carlow, Clare, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Meath, Offaly, Roscommon, Tipperary, and Waterford.

Seventy-three percent are under 45 years of age while 100 are men and 108 are women

Forty-two cases have been identified as community transmission.

One person was admitted to ICU in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of COVID patients in critical care to seven.

Fifty-three people who have COVID-19 are in hospitals across the country.

Despite today’s additional death, the official number of probable, possible and confirmed COVID-19 deaths remains unchanged at 1,781.

Speaking ahead of the weekend, Dr Ronan Glynn said: “While we are seeing a continued increase in cases, particularly in Dublin, this is at least partly due to the willingness of people to heed our core messages around knowing the symptoms and coming forward promptly for testing. This together with all of the other key behaviours will help to break the chains of transmission in our communities.

“This weekend, please limit your social contacts, especially visitors to your home. Avoid crowds, keep your distance from others and wear a face covering where appropriate.”