Ten new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Galway by health officials today, taking the county’s 14-day incidence rate to 89.1 cases per 100,000 people.
A total of 418 new cases were reported across the State this evening as well as seven further deaths related to the disease – of which five occurred in April.
The median age of those who died was 82 years and their ages ranged from 67 to 92 years.
Of the cases reported today, 73% are under 45 years of age and the median age is 30 years old. The counties with the highest number of new cases are Dublin (67), Cork (39), Donegal (32), and Kildare (29).
“As we look forward to the greater reopening of activities and services, our key objective now is to maintain our course in coming weeks and follow the public health advice in our daily activities,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan.
“When you are planning to meet someone, remember that outdoors is safer for everybody. And when you meet up, stay at a 2m distance, keep to a small group and avoid crowded areas – this will minimise the risk of passing the virus from person to person, driving down the incidence rate and keeping our society open.
“Throughout this pandemic we have seen outbreaks and clusters of disease as a result of social events such as funerals, wakes and birthday parties.
“Unfortunately we need to continue to stay vigilant to the infectious nature of this disease and avoid congregating together in large groups.
“We need all sectors of society to continue to encourage and support the public health messages and to help everyone to stay safe.”