Coronavirus: 324 new cases and 3 further deaths confirmed today

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

The Department of Health has confirmed that three more people with Covid-19 have died in the Republic, and there have been 324 new confirmed cases of the disease.

The majority of the new cases are in Dublin (167) and Donegal (42).

Thirty-four cases were confirmed in Cork, 13 in Monaghan, 12 in Kildare, 8 in Cavan, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Meath, 6 in Roscommon and 5 in Wicklow.

The remaining 25 cases are spread across 11 counties which NPHET has not named.

Of the cases notified today 64% are under 45 years of age and 52% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.

There has now been a total of 1,797 COVID-19 related deaths in the State and there have been 33,994 confirmed cases.

“Public health doctors are coming across more cases arising from people who are close contacts of confirmed cases and are not restricting the movements,” said Dr Ronan Glynn this evening.

“Remember that COVID-19 is highly contagious and you can be infectious without symptoms.

“If you are a close contact of a confirmed case please follow the guidelines on and restrict your movements for 14 days – do not go to school or work, do not have visitors to your home, do not go to the shop or pharmacy unless it is absolutely necessary.

“Please avail of a test when it is offered. Last week 1 in 10 close contacts who had a test were found to be positive – many of them had no symptoms.”