BREAKING: No new Covid-19 cases in Limerick for second day in a row

"We have suppressed Covid-19" - No new deaths for the first time since mid-March

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Health

THERE have been no new Covid-19 cases in Limerick for 48 hours - the number remains at 583 this Thursday evening.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has today been informed that a total of 8 people with Covid-19 have died. There have now been a total 1,703 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Wednesday, June 10, the HPSC has been notified of eight confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 25,238 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

There are currently a total of 86 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in hospital. Of these, 28 cases are currently in ICU.

There are no patients confirmed to have Covid-19 in the intensive care unit at University Hospital Limerick. However, there are three patients suspected of having the virus in the unit.

The National Public Health Emergency Team met this Thursday to continue its review of Ireland’s response and preparedness to Covid-19.

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Health, said: "NPHET has recommended the development and implementation of a national communications campaign to increase compliance with current recommendations on the use of face-coverings.

"The campaign will outline best practice for use of face coverings in retail outlets, on public transport and in other public locations, where it may be difficult to maintain social distancing."

Professor Philip Nolan, chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: "The reproductive number has remained stable, between 0.4 – 0.8 over a number of weeks. The next two weeks are now critical in limiting transmission, keeping the r-number low and suppressing the virus. It is how we interact, as we go about our daily lives more freely, that will determine whether the r-number increases."

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Tuesday, June 9 (25,230 cases), reveals:

57% are female and 43% are male. The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years.

3,307 cases (13%) have been hospitalised. Of those hospitalised, 412 cases have been admitted to ICU. 8,114 cases are associated with healthcare workers.

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,167 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,532 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,426 cases (6%)

Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 38%, close contact accounts for 60%, travel abroad accounts for 2%

Updated Public Health Advice is available at gov.ie/health

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