There have no additional cases of Covid-19 reported in Limerick this Wednesday
EIGHTY four confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported in Ireland this Wednesday evening with zero cases in Limerick.
51 in Dublin, 6 in Offaly, 5 in Kildare and the remaining 22 cases are located in Cork, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Meath, Roscommon, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wicklow. There is now a total of 30,164 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
The latest figures from the Department of health show there have now been 834 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Limerick since the end of February.
15 additional cases were reported on Tuesday, two were reported on Monday, 13 on Sunday, 13 on Saturday, six on Friday, two on Thursday and 13 last Wednesday.
Limerick now has the third highest incidence rate of the disease in the country - behind Dublin and Kildare.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that three people with Covid-19 have died. There has now been a total of 1,781 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today: 32 are men / 52 are women; 66% are under 45 years of age; 30% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case and eight cases have been identified as community transmission
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "We continue to see a concerning pattern of cases, particularly in Dublin. Transmission is diffuse across the county, is in all age groups and is mainly being driven by social interaction within and between households."
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: "While the reproduction number for Ireland as a whole is close to 1.0, the reproduction number for Dublin alone is approximately 1.4. We are seeing increasing case numbers in Dublin, growing close to 5% per day. If this were to continue, the number of cases would double every 14 days. Given the size of Dublin’s population it is essential we prevent any further spread now – by limiting our social contacts and taking precautions during any essential contacts."
Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said: "The greatest risk of transmission to school children is in the home setting. International experience reveals that reopening of schools has not been associated with significantly increasing community transmission. Instead, it is transmission of virus within communities that poses the greatest threat to schools. Again, we urge all households to think through their social plans. To keep within the 6 indoor/ 15 outdoor person gathering limits and apply physical distancing in all settings."
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