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'Worrying trend' developing as Dr Tony Holohan issues coronavirus warning for Ireland

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 2 days ago Cormac O'Shea
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Dr Tony Holohan has warned Ireland is seeing a "worrying trend" with Covid-19 cases rising by 24 in the last day. Ireland had effectively suppressed the virus but new clusters and increasing cases have worried the Chief Medical Officer.

Dr Tony Holohan said this evening: “We are starting to see a worrying trend, with the number of reported cases increasing, and some new clusters. “As restrictions are lifted and people move about more, it’s important that we use the tools that have helped us suppress the virus to date.   

“Hand washing, physical distancing, cough/sneeze hygiene and wearing face coverings are important personal behaviours that mean, as we go about our daily lives, that we are doing everything we can to avoid contracting the virus and spreading it to those we love.”

a man wearing a suit and tie: Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. © Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. However there were zero new deaths from the virus, with the total number sticking at 1,735. The 24 new cases means there is now a total of 25,462 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. Of the 24 cases, six are associated with international travel.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Today we are reporting at least six cases associated with international travel. 

"Many countries around the world are still experiencing high and increasing levels of this disease.  Last week, there were over 1.1 million cases reported and there have now been over 10 million cases reported globally to date. 

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“The risk of imported cases remains high.  It’s important that continue to avoid all unnecessary travel at this time.” 

Dr Siobhán Kennelly, HSE National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Older Persons added: “Many restrictions have now been lifted and people are getting out more, including those who are over 70 or medically vulnerable.  

“Socialising is important for your mental and physical wellbeing, but it’s important that you are safe while doing so.  Wear a face covering, know the symptoms of COVID-19 and contact your GP straight away if you feel unwell.”

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