Number of young adults among latest Covid-19 cases a major concern

Six people with Covid-19 have died - latest figures

Covid figures

There has now been a total of 1,734 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland

The Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health has spoken of his concern at the large number of younger people who are among the confirmed cases of Covid-19 over the last 24-hours.

Dr Tony Holohan said the latest figures are a worrying trend at a time when many people are reconnecting with friends as the restrictions are eased.

His comments come as the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today confirmed that a total of six people with Covid-19 have died.

There has now been a total of 1,734 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Friday, June 26, the HPSC has been notified of 23 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 25,437 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

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 Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

“High levels of compliance to public health advice to date has enabled further reopening of economic and social life.

“However, of the 23 cases reported today, 10 cases (43%) are in younger adults aged under 35 years. A further 8 cases (35%) are in those aged between 35-54.

“This is now a real concern and a worrying trend at a time when many people are reconnecting with friends and loved ones and may be gathering in larger groups.

“In recent days, for example, some cases have had large numbers of close contacts that have required testing and self-isolation for 14 days.

“Covid-19 is an infection that affects all ages and it is incumbent on all of us to take our individual responsibility seriously.

“I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to remain informed, keep a 2m distance from others and follow the public health advice on hand washing, cough and sneeze hygiene, and wearing face coverings.”

The Covid-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of Covid-19 in the community.

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