Coronavirus: 432 new cases and one death reported today

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

The Department of Health has reported 432 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the State, and one further death related to the illness.

Dublin has the highest number of new cases (111), followed by Donegal (51), Cork (41) and Clare (32). The remaining 197 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

The total number of cases in Galway, not including today’s figures, is now 859 after an increase of 22 cases yesterday.

There are 150 people with Covid-19 in Irish hospitals, 24 of whom are in ICU.

“It is essential that there is a broad societal effort over the coming weeks,” said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer.

“Every one of us has the power to interrupt the spread of this virus and now is a vital time to use it.

“Focus on what you can do; wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering, keep your distance from others, avoid crowds, limit your social network, know the symptoms and what to do if you experience them or are a close contact of a confirmed case.”

Of the cases notified today, 218 are men and 214 are women. 62% are under 45 years of age and 48% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.

Sixty cases have been identified as community transmission.