Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.55 8 Jun 2020


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Four more people have died from COVID-19 in Ireland.

Latest figures from the Department of Health show there are also nine new cases here.

It brings the overall death toll to 1,683, while there are 25,207 confirmed cases.

Data of all cases as of midnight on Saturday, reveals:

  • 57% are women and 43% are men
  • The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 3,322 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 411 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 8,073 cases are associated with healthcare workers

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,158 (48% of all cases), followed by Cork with 1,529 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,423 cases (6%)

Of those for whom transmission status is known community transmission accounts for 39%, close contact is 59% and travel abroad accounts for 2%.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: "It has been 100 days since we reported our first case of COVID-19.

"Since then, it has been the collective effort of our health service and general public that has limited the spread of the virus.

"As we enter phase two, it is vital to keep up a compliance with public health advice."

It comes as the country entered phase two of the Government's roadmap to re-open.

Many shops have re-opened, while people's travel limits have been significantly extended.

People can now travel within their own county, or up to 20km their your home, whichever is greater.

Groups of up to six people  can meet indoors or outdoors, once they keep at least two metres apart.

While groups of up to 15 people can meet for outdoor sporting activities.

Those who are over 70 or medically vulnerable can welcome a small number of visitors into their home, with physical distancing.

Shops can open no earlier than 10:30am and also should provide dedicated hours for those who are over 70 or in an at risk group.

People are being encouraged to shop locally, shop safely and support businesses in their community.

Other changes include that up to 25 people can now attend funerals.

Public libraries can re-open as can supervised playgrounds and outdoor camps for children, once there are no more than 15 people involved.

Marts are also re-opening and greyhound racing can resume without spectators.

Main image: Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, (left) speaking at the daily briefing in the Department of Health. Picture by: Leah Farrell / RollingNews.ie

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