No New Deaths But Holohan Says New Clusters Are Developing Here

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The chief medical officer says a ‘worrying trend’ of new clusters of Covid-19 is developing in Ireland.

No new deaths linked to the virus have been reported to public health doctors today. However 24 people have tested positive in the Republic – bringing the total to 25,462.

The pandemic death toll remains 1,735.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, 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, 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. 

“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 said: “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.”

Siobhán Killeen, Dublin gaelic footballer said “The aftereffects of this disease are very serious, even for those who are fit and healthy.  I was in very good health, but it was a very tough battle.  I, probably like many others, was naïve in thinking that my age and health would protect me from a very infectious disease.”