Jack Quann
Jack Quann

18.48 6 Jul 2020


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There have been no new deaths reported as a result of the coronavirus here.

The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland remains at 1,741.

Meanwhile there have been four more confirmed cases of the virus.

There is now a total of 25,531 confirmed cases here.

The HSE says it is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Over the past 14 days, the total number of confirmed cases is 141.

Of these 141 cases, the median age is 37-years-old and 66% of them were under the age of 45.

They are made up of 45% men and 55% women.

Twenty counties have reported new cases: with Dublin 41%, Kildare 17% and Sligo 12% reporting the largest numbers.

And 15% of these cases were travel related.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, said: "We're in a very good position in the country at the moment.

"We're in an almost uniquely good position in Europe at present.

"But we're at a crossroads and we have choices to make.

"And if we make the right choices, we can hope to keep this disease under control.

"But if we make the wrong choices, and if we don't continue to follow the basics of public health advice, we will end up back where we were weeks and months ago.

"And none of us want to be back there.

"That's a long-winded way of saying I was very concerned about what I saw on Saturday night.

"That said: I know that the vast majority of businesses, pubs, restaurants across Ireland are really trying hard.

"And it's important that we should also say thanks to them and to focus on the fact that the vast majority of businesses are trying really hard to do their bit to keep this under control".

He added: "If an environment does not feel safe, or it means you are unable to follow public health advice, do not risk it and go elsewhere.

"Between mid-May to the end of June, 35% of those identified as a close contact of a confirmed case did not take up the offer of a test.

"Every case has the potential to turn into a cluster, which in turn has the potential to spread through a community.

"If you are identified as a close contact, please take up the offer of a test without delay."

Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer, said: "If allowed to spread, COVID-19 has the potential to overwhelm our health service.

"Our healthcare workers remain on the frontline of this pandemic, and it is each individuals choices that will determine what our health service will face in the coming weeks and months.

"Please continue to follow the guidelines; physically distance, wash your hands regularly, use cough/sneeze etiquette, wear a face covering appropriately."

And Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, added: "Vulnerable and older people rely on the actions of each and every one of us for their safety.

"If the virus begins to spread in our communities, these fellow-citizens will be most at risk.

"We should have no doubt by now that the decisions we make, which are in line with public health advice, will save lives."

Main image: Pictured at a COVID-19 update at the Department of Health is Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer. Picture by: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

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