Coronavirus: 'Worrying trend' of rising cases in Ireland

Henrietta Brewer
July 1, 2020

At least six of the cases reported yesterday were associated with global travel.

No new deaths linked to Covid-19 have been reported today - but 24 more people have tested positive for the virus in the Republic.

There have been 11,835 cases associated with clusters, and nearly a third of the national total, 8,208 cases have been among healthcare workers.

That brought the total death toll in the country of 4.9 million since the start of the pandemic to 1,734. It now means a total of 25,262 confirmed cases of the deadly condition here 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.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan flagged that 10 of the 23 confirmed cases on Saturday involved younger adults under the age of 35, 8 cases were attributed to individuals in between the 35-54 age bracket. "As restrictions are lifted and people move about more, it's important that we use the tools that have helped us suppress the virus to date".

Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health showed a further increase in the proportion of people who self-reported to be wearing face coverings, now at 45%.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: "Today we are reporting at least six cases associated with global travel".

He said officials were "genuinely very concerned" about the increasing "role and risk of travel", RTÉ reports.

"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".

"Socialising is important for your mental and physical wellbeing, but it's important that you are safe while doing so".

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