Twenty new cases of coronavirus confirmed in the Republic

Majority of sufferers aged 55-63, four are health care workers


It has been confirmed that there are 20 new cases of coronavirus in the Republic, bringing the total number of infections to 90.

Of these cases, six are associated with travel, 12 are associated with contacts of a confirmed case, and four are healthcare workers 

Two cases are associated with community transmission. 

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had, to provide them information and to prevent further spread.

To date, there has been one confirmed death of Covid-19 in Ireland.

At this evening's media briefing on Covid-19, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan responded to rumours that the country would be under a "Status Red lockdown" in the coming days

"We are not locking down the country. We have no plans to lock down the country."

Following a meeting last night, the National Public Health Emergency Team has made the decision to update the case definition.

Symptoms of new-onset fever of 38 degrees or more, or chills and/or symptoms of respiratory tract infections including cough will be considered when assessing the requirement for testing.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland has recorded its biggest increase so far in Covid-19 cases.

Another nine positive cases were detected today, bringing the tally in the North to 29.



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