There have been 326 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today, but no new deaths.
Of today’s cases, 21 are in Galway, the fourth highest level behind Dublin (152), Cork (32), and Donegal (22).
This is significantly up from yesterday, when there were only four cases confirmed in Galway, but that in itself was a sharp decline in the trend of the past five days.
Donegal is joining Dublin in Level 3 restrictions from tonight, and the Taoiseach warned that restrictions could be imposed on Galway City due to rising infection levels, among other urban centres.
There have now been a total of 34,315 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland, and the death toll in the pandemic stands at 1,797 lives lost.
“Today I am asking people everywhere but particularly in Donegal and Dublin to pay special attention to the public health advice,” said Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer.
“I ask every individual to take personal responsibility to prioritise who you need to see, limit the size of your social network and reduce your social contacts over the coming days and weeks.”
“Because while there is every chance that other areas will have to move to level 3, there is nothing inevitable about it.
“We have seen previously how people working together can turn the tide on this virus and bring increasing trajectories back under control.”
“Know how valuable your individual actions are. Your choices and your actions are part of how we will succeed.”
Of the cases notified today;
• 162 are men / 152 are women
• 69% are under 45 years of age
• 33% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
• 49 cases have been identified as community transmission
• 152 cases are in Dublin, 32 in Cork, 22 in Donegal, 21 in Galway, 15 in Meath, 11 in Kildare, 9 in Kerry, 8 in Louth, 8 in Westmeath, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Mayo, 6 in Tipperary and 5 in Wexford, with the remaining 25 cases in 8 counties.
The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.
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