Three more new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Donegal this week.
Health officials today confirmed 89 new cases nationwide and one further Covid-19 related death. This person passed away in June.
The three additional cases added to Donegal’s county total were reported up to midnight on Monday. County-by-county totals are reported with a one day delay.
There have been 33 cases of Covid-19 in Donegal in the past fortnight and 540 cases in total since the outbreak began.
None of today’s new coronavirus cases are in Donegal, according to the National Public Health Emergency Team.
Of the cases notified today, 53 are in Dublin, 15 in Limerick, and the remaining 21 cases are Clare, Cork, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Meath, Offaly, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.
There has been a total of 1,777 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland and 29,114 confirmed cases since the outbreak began.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Every single contribution and effort you make counts to the national push to curb the effects of this infectious virus on our society. Every time you take responsibility to keep your social contacts low, avoid a crowded place or get-together, know that you are making a vital difference. It is individual action built upon individual action that will get us through this pandemic.
“The effort to suppress COVID-19 begins in our own homes. Many confirmed cases in the past weeks and months have been close contacts of confirmed cases. It is in our own household through regular handwashing, cough and sneeze hygiene, cleaning surfaces, limiting the number of visitors and isolating as soon as we experience any concerning symptoms that we can make the biggest impact.”
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: “A close analysis of case numbers and patterns over the last week suggests that the epidemic is growing very slowly in many counties across Ireland, including Dublin. A large number of cases are associated with outbreaks in private houses and families. The R number is just above 1, perhaps as high as 1.2, so the virus is circulating in the community at levels we don’t want to see. This means we need to remain focused on our shared national priorities, which are the safe reopening of schools, continuing to resume non-COVID healthcare and protecting the most vulnerable to this dangerous disease.”