The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed that two more people with COVID-19 have sadly died. Yesterday, it was confirmed that three more people had died.
There has now been a total of 1,753 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Friday 17th July, the HPSC has been notified of 21 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is down from 34 for the previous 24 hour period.
The total number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland since testing began now stands at 25,750.
The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Arming ourselves with knowledge is the best defence we have against COVID-19. Make sure you know the symptoms – cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell/taste – and act quickly in isolating and phoning your GP as early as possible if you experience them. Do not adopt a wait and see approach.
He added: "Once again, we must each play our part in stemming the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland - follow the public health advice, reduce your social contacts, keep a distance of two metres and plan to see others outdoors where possible, do not organise or attend house parties and wear a face covering when in shops or on public transport.
Let’s not lose sight of our collective goal: to suppress COVID-19 in the community and thereby protect our health, that of our loved ones, and that of the most vulnerable across our society.”
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