Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been notified of 357 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland as of midnight on Monday, September 14.

Three people have also died from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities in Ireland to 1,787.

The number of new cases now stands at 31,549 and, most worryingly, 25 out of the 26 counties have reported cases in the past 24 hours, the exception being Co Longford.

Mayo is reporting five new cases this evening, while there were also four new cases reported yesterday evening, meaning that the total number of cases in the county now stands at 611, up from 602 on Sunday. It is the biggest two-day spike in cases in Mayo since last May.

Co Roscommon has also seen five new cases, while there are an unspecified number (less than five) of new cases in counties Galway, Sligo and Leitrim.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 185 are men and 172 are women
  • 63% are under 45 years of age
  • 38% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 60 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 218 are in Dublin, 18 in Louth, 12 in Waterford. 11 in Kildare, 9 in Cork, 8 in Kerry, 8 in Limerick, 8 in Meath, 7 in Westmeath, 6 in Wicklow, 5 in Offaly, 5 in Roscommon, 5 in Mayo, 5 in Tipperary and the remaining 32 cases are located in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo and Wexford

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; “In the first half of 2020, Ireland responded swiftly to a new and unpredictable pandemic. Our collective response suppressed the curve, saved lives and put us on a solid foundation to deal with Covid-19 going forward.

“Now, we must focus on our response to the pandemic in the medium term. Today, Government launched a five-level framework. At the heart of this framework are three core messages:

  • simple measures taken by everyone are our best defence against Covid-19
  • no single measure will work in isolation, what matters is combination prevention
  • continued cooperation and solidarity across society remains central to our response

“The basic preventions against the spread of Covid-19 remain unchanged; wash your hands regularly, physically distance from others including friends and family, wear a face covering, know the symptoms and what to do if you experience them.”

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