Coronavirus: 335 cases and five deaths reported today

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Galway Daily news 25 percent drop in COVID cases in Galway hospitals

The Department of Health has reported an additional 335 cases of COVID-19 and five further deaths related to the disease.

Twelve of the 335 cases are in Galway, while 72 are in Dublin, 41 in Donegal and 26 in Mayo.

The median age of the new cases is 37 and 64% were under the age of 45.

As of 2pm today, there are 284 people with Covid in hospital, of which 40 are in ICU.

“The commitment to the spirit of the public health advice shown by people across Ireland since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic is to be commended,” said Dr Tony Holohan this evening.

“This includes wearing a face mask where social distancing is difficult, in shops and on public transport.

“However, it is also vital that they are worn correctly and safely. Ensure you are fully covering both your mouth and nose with the face mask. Remember, visors do not offer the same benefits as face masks.

“I want to particularly highlight that it is very important that those who work in settings such as retail avoid the use of visors and instead use face masks.

“Face masks offer far better protection, and they should be worn by everyone who can wear them. Wearing one prevents someone who does not know they have COVID-19 from spreading it to another person.

“They are a key element of our defence against this virus, alongside staying at home and avoiding meeting people outside your household.”