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Two new cases in Louth as Covid-19 breaches 1,000 mark in Ireland

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A shop window in Ardee displays posters with Covid-19 advice for customers. Photo Credit: Kathy Gilroy-Barry.

There have been two new cases of Covid-19 found in county Louth in the last 24 hours, new figures from the National Public Health Emergency Team have revealed.

The two new cases brings the total number of positive cases of the virus in Louth to 13. Nationwide, the tally has broken the 1,000 mark, hitting 1,025 as of 1pm today. Two males in the east of the country have died after being diagnosed with the virus bringing the total number of deaths to six.

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As recently as last Wednesday, there were just five cases of coronavirus found in Co. Louth. That figure has now almost tripled in five days.

Between lunchtime on Sunday and the same time time on Monday, a total of 219 new cases were confirmed in Ireland – marking the worst day yet since coronavirus hit the country earlier this month. The previous worst day was Thursday March 19, when there was 191 new cases. The number of new cases had dropped day-on-day since Thursday before spiking up again on Sunday.

At least one case has been found in every county in Ireland. After a weekend in which numerous examples of large groups of people congregating at outdoor public areas surfaced online, the government is expected to issue new social distancing guidelines but it is understood there are no plans to close off outdoor areas to the public for now.

To date, 239 people have been hospitalised with Covid-19, with a further 25 admitted to Intensive Care. 208 healthcare workers across the country have tested positive for the virus.

More people aged between 25 and 34 have tested positive (166, 20%) than any other age group. However, only 31 have been hospitalised – compared with 85 individuals aged 65 or over. That represents 36% of the total number of over 65s who have been found to have contracted Covid-19.

“We understand the anxiety this outbreak may be causing people. All aspects of our public health advice are constantly reviewed by the National Public Health Emergency Team and we will not hesitate to take more measures where necessary, based on epidemiological evidence and in proportion with Ireland’s experience of this outbreak,” Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health said today.

“The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again tomorrow morning, where we will continue to review Ireland’s response and make further recommendations where appropriate.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, added: “The key response that every individual can make if they are experiencing symptoms is to self isolate.

“While we continue to increase testing in Ireland, in line with WHO guidelines, the most important action that can be taken against this virus is isolation and social distancing.”

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