AS another 22 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Donegal today, Ireland’s Acting Chief Medical Officer has urged people in the county to heed public health advice.
Nationally, 326 new cases were confirmed today.
Since the outbreak, there have been 34,315 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
Donegal will move onto Level 3 of the Living With Covid framework from midnight as the county’s 14-day incidence rate has overtaken the rate in Dublin and is now the highest in all of Ireland at 148.2 cases per 100,000 people.
There have been 253 cases of Covid-19 in Donegal over the past 14 days
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Today I am asking people everywhere but particularly in Donegal and Dublin to pay special attention to the public health advice.
“I ask every individual to take personal responsibility to prioritise who you need to see, limit the size of your social network and reduce your social contacts over the coming days and weeks.
“Because while there is every chance that other areas will have to move to level 3, there is nothing inevitable about it. We have seen previously how people working together can turn the tide on this virus and bring increasing trajectories back under control.
“Know how valuable your individual actions are. Your choices and your actions are part of how we will succeed.”
Of the cases notified today: 162 are men / 152 are women; 69% are under 45 years of age; 33% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case; 49 cases have been identified as community transmission.
Dublin accounts for 152 of today’s cases, with 32 in Cork, 22 in Donegal, 21 in Galway, 15 in Meath, 11 in Kildare, 9 in Kerry, 8 in Louth, 8 in Westmeath, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Mayo, 6 in Tipperary and 5 in Wexford, with the remaining 25 cases in 8 counties.
The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.