Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

17.34 9 Aug 2020


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There have been 68 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in the Republic.

No further deaths have been reported.

Today's figures bring the total number of cases to date to 26,712, while the number of deaths stands at 1,772.

19 of today's cases are located in Kildare, 17 in Dublin, 15 in Offaly, 12 in Laois and five in Donegal.

41 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case, while two have been classified as community transmissions.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: “We continue to see cases linked to the outbreaks in counties where additional public health measures have been introduced. This was expected and we will continue to monitor closely.

“From tomorrow face coverings will be mandatory in retail and other indoor settings like hairdressers, cinemas and museums.

"We know that most people are already wearing face coverings and we hope to see even greater uptake over the coming days."

As of this morning, there were 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Irish hospitals, and six cases in intensive care units.

Main image: Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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