The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that sadly a total of four more people with COVID-19 have sadly died. Yesterday, three more additional deaths were reported.
There have now been a total of 1,714 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
Sixteen more confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. This compares with eight cases in the previous 24 hour period.
There is now a total of 25,355 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Meanwhile, the number of patients in hospital with confirmed coronavirus continues to reduce and now stands at 50.
Nationally, there are now also 199 suspected cases waiting for a test result.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The National Public Health Emergency Team met today and noted that approximately half of those diagnosed with COVID-19 in the community take more than 2 days from the onset of symptoms to make contact with their GP.
"The most important actions anyone can take from the moment they experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 is to self-isolate immediately, restrict the movement of household contacts and make phone contact with their GP.”
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, added: “This evening, a new COVID-19 dashboard will be launched which will provide up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community, including the number of daily cases, deaths, number of people in hospital and ICU and a daily update on testing figures.
“In addition, the dashboard also allows people to monitor the number of cases of COVID-19 in their local area. The management of COVID-19 is an individual task, where we all must remain aware of the disease in our community, follow public health advice and adopt protective behaviours.”
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: “The reproductive number is now estimated to be close to 0.7. It is heartening to see that none of the data suggests that there is a significant increase of transmission of COVID-19 in the community since the commencement of Phase 2.”
Dr Siobhán Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead, stated: “COVID-19 symptoms are common symptoms and therefore some people may not be inclined to immediately seek medical attention for a cough, shortness of breath, change in sense of smell or fever to their GP. In the context of this pandemic we are asking you to do so, to help us limit the spread of COVID-19.”
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