BREAKING: Third death from coronavirus in Ireland

BREAKING:  Third death from coronavirus in Ireland

A THIRD person has died from coronavirus in Ireland as the number of cases increased by 191 here.

It now means 557 people have contracted Covid-19 across the Republic of Ireland. 

In Limerick, the number of cases of the condition remains at 14, the same as last night. The county remains the third highest in the country behind Dublin (172) and Cork (62).

Nine new cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing to 77 the number of cases there.

Overall, there are 634 cases across the island. It means there have been four casualties from the flu-like disease across the island.

Data just released from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) also showed that as of midnight last night, 55% of the cases are male and 43% female, with 26 clusters.

Dr Tony Holohan, the chief medical officer in the Department of Health extended his condolences to the family and friends of the patient who died.

"It is too early to see any impact of our social distancing measures. This data underscores the importance of younger people to rigorously follow public health advice and social distancing measures," he added.

Dr Breda Smyth, director of public health medicine at the HSE added: "Healthcare workers are at the frontline of this pandemic. While it is heartening to see social distancing measures taken seriously across society, this must continue in order to protect the most vulnerable and support our healthcare staff throughout this pandemic.”

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