Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer has said there is a “worrying trend” in new cases and clusters of Covid-19 in Ireland.
Dr Tony Holohan shared positive news today that there have been no new Covid-19 related deaths reported to the Department of Health. However, he noted that an increase of 24 new confirmed cases is a cause for concern.
Six new cases are associated with international travel, health officials said.
There has been a total of 1,735 COVID-19 related deaths and 25,462 cases in Ireland since the outbreak began.
As Ireland moves into Phase 3 today, Dr Holohan said: “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.”
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, added: “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.
“The risk of imported cases remains high. It’s important that continue to avoid all unnecessary travel at this time.”