Coronavirus: No further deaths, 57 new cases across 9 counties including Galway

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

There have been no further deaths related to the coronavirus reported by NPHET today, but 57 new cases have been confirmed.

This takes the total number of confirmed cases to 26,768 while the number of Covid-related deaths remains 1,772.

While the number of positive test results in Co Galway has not risen in the latest figures available, NPHET says that the county accounts for at least one of today’s newly confirmed cases.

The latest breakdown that is available, from midnight on Saturday, shows the county has 500 cases – just under 2% of the total number of cases in the State.

Of today’s confirmed cases, 29 are men, 28 are women, and 70% are under 45 years of age.

Nineteen cases are located in Kildare, 11 in Dublin, 10 in Offaly, 7 in Limerick, and the rest of the cases are in Galway, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Wicklow.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, said: “People in Ireland coming together to support one another against COVID-19 has been the cornerstone of the national effort to date.

“While people in Kildare, Laois and Offaly are being asked to reduce their movements and social interactions, and some businesses are being asked to curtail their services, it is important that we remember that everyone across the country has a role to play in minimising the spread of this disease in our communities.”

Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer, added: “From today, you are asked to wear face coverings in a variety of indoor commercial settings such as shops, supermarkets, libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres.

“Remember to clean your hands before you put on your face covering, and hold it by the ear loops. Ensure it sits snugly over your nose and mouth.

“When you remove it, place it in a Ziploc bag and then when you get home, put it in a 60 degree wash. Try to avoid touching the front of your face covering when wearing it.

“Every small, daily action we take, such as wearing a face covering in the shop, is an act of solidarity with healthcare workers who have been at the frontline of this public health crisis since its outset.”