There have been no deaths related to COVID-19 reported today, but the Department of Health has confirmed 334 new coronavirus cases.
There have now been a total of 33,444 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland, and the death toll from the pandemic remains at 1,792 in the state.
Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 12 confirmed cases, which is reflected in the national total.
Of the cases reported today, 10 are in Galway. The latest county breakdown, with data up to midnight on Sunday, September 20 shows 618 cases in the city and county.
In the past two months, people aged 15-34 have accounted for 40% of all COVID-19 cases, despite making up just a quarter of the population.
“This is not surprising as they are more likely to be moving about in the community, going to school, higher education or work, and keeping our economy and key services going,” said Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer.
Dr Glynn said “For teenagers and people in their 20s and 30s in particular, I know that what has been, and is being asked of you again is extraordinary.”
“This pandemic has impacted on your education, your employment, your relationships and your social lives.”
“The vast majority have done the right thing – have heeded public health advice and kept themselves and their families safe.”
“But the disease is continuing to spread disproportionately among younger people at present.”
“And so, I am asking you to stick with this and continue to follow the public health advice,” Dr Glynn said.