Michael Staines
Michael Staines

17.44 15 Sep 2020


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There have been 357 new coronavirus cases announced this evening, including 218 in Dublin.

It takes the national total to 31,549.

Three further people have died, taking the death toll in Ireland to 1,787.

The acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said 60 of the new cases were transmitted in the community while 38% were associated with outbreaks or previously confirmed cases.

Some 218 of the cases are in Dublin, 18 are in Louth, 12 are in Waterford and 11 are in Kildare.

Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Meath, Westmeath, Wicklow, Offaly, Roscommon, Mayo and Tipperary all account for between five and 10 cases.

The remaining 32 cases are spread across Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo and Wexford.

It comes after the Government announced its new medium-term 'Living with COVID' plan.

The five-point plan places the entire country on a Level Two response; however, Dublin is facing additional restrictions.

Dr Glynn said there are three core messages at the heart of the plan.

“In the first half of 2020, Ireland responded swiftly to a new and unpredictable pandemic,2 he said.

“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.

He said the basic preventions against the spread of the virus remain unchanged.

“Wash your hands regularly, physically distance from others including friends and family, wear a face covering, know the symptoms and know what to do if you experience them,” he said.

As of 8am this morning, there were 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Irish hospitals, with 13 in intensive care.

Of the 76,238 tests carried out in the past week 2% have come back positive.


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