Ireland Covid-19: Downward Trend In Cases Gives Hope

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Ireland Covid-19: Downward Trend In Cases Gives Hope
Covid-19 cases take dramatic drop around the country

The lowest daily coronavirus figures in five weeks were reported yesterday in Ireland. Just 322 new positive cases were reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on Tuesday evening.

The total number of confirmed cases here to 63,048. The true number of people who have been infected by the virus is suspected to be many multiples of that figure. A large number of people infected with Covid-19 remain asymptomatic. Earlier in the pandemic, few people, even with potential Covid symptoms were being tested.

Another 5 people were reported to have died yesterday, bringing the total number of deaths in Ireland to 1,922. As reported by Nova.ie, there had been some worries about the stagnating figures in Dublin. While the rest of the country was seeing a significant drop in the daily rate of infections, Dublin was not. On Monday 300 of the 767 cases reported were in the capital. Yesterday, however, we began to see what we hope may be a new downward trend in Dublin. Only 96 of the 322 cases were in Dublin.

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Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that “good progress” was being made with regard to the figures. Over the seven days to Monday, there were 4,337 cases. Compared to the previous seven days, that saw 6,518 cases being reported, things are really looking up.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan sounded his first optimistic note, saying “improvements with Covid-19” are being seen across the country but that we must now maintain the drive to push those numbers down further.

“The value of our progress depends on continuing the safe behaviour that got us to this position. I urge everyone to keep it up to ensure these initial trends continue,” the CMO said.