Jack Quann
Jack Quann

18.06 5 Jun 2020


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

Latest figures also show that there are 28 new confirmed cases of the virus here.

This brings the overall death toll to 1,760 with a total of 25,163 cases.

Data as of midnight on Wednesday reveals:

  • 57% are women and 43% are men
  • The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 3,312 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 410 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 8,046 cases are associated with healthcare workers

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,118 (48% of all cases), followed by Cork with 1,527 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,419 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%.

It comes as the Government announced plans to speed up the re-opening of the country - reducing it from five phases to four.

Phase three will start on June 29th and phase four on July 20th.

While phase two will begin next Monday, which will see further easing of restrictions.

People can travel anywhere within their own county and 20km from their homes, whichever is greater, from Monday.

Up to 25 people will be allowed to attend funerals, while public libraries can also open from Monday.

Also from Monday, groups of up to six people can meet up indoors and outdoors once they keep two metres apart.

Groups of up to 15 people can also meet for outdoor sporting activities.

Shopping centres can re-open on June 15th - provided only the shops open and measures are taken to ensure people do not congregate at benches or food courts.

Shops re-opening will be required to operate staggered hours, opening no earlier than 10:30am and having dedicated time at the start for elderly, vulnerable and at-risk groups.

There will also be a new summer education programme for children with special education needs.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: "As we move to phase two, the Government has introduced a range of new measures in line with the advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team.

"It is our individual behaviours and personal choices that will ultimately influence what course this disease takes over the coming weeks and months."

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: "The re-opening of playgrounds in public locations and outdoor amenities including zoos, animal parks and summer camps, as well as the summer education programme for children with special educational needs, are some of the measures that is hoped will ease the severity of this pandemic on children and their families."

Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer with the HSE, added: "Phase two provides vulnerable groups scope for home visits of up to six people for a short period of time, however it is vitally important that all visits to homes of vulnerable people be compliant with hand hygiene practices, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing of two metres.

"It is hoped as we move through phases, that life becomes easier for severely impacted groups but that their safety is maintained at all times."

Main image: Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan speaking to the media at Government Buildings on the next phase of the roadmap for reopening society and business. Picture by: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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