Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.38 20 Jun 2020


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There have been two more deaths from COVID-19 in Ireland.

The latest figures also show that there have been  22 further confirmed cases of the virus.

There have now been a total of 1,715 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland and 25,374 cases.

There has also been the denotification of two deaths.

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

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: "Of the 22 confirmed cases we are reporting to you today, nine of these were diagnosed in people under the age of 35.

"It is important for us all to remember that COVID-19 is a disease that can affect everyone, of any age or background. No one should feel that this is a disease that does not affect them."

"This virus is highly infectious and, as a result, the return of widespread community transmission remains a very real risk.

"To protect us all, especially our oldest and most vulnerable, personal preventative behaviours such as good and frequent hand washing, social distancing and respiratory etiquette remain as crucial as they were at the outset of this crisis."

It comes as infectious disease expert Professor Sam McConkey said there is a 'one in a million' chance of randomly contracting COVID-19 in the community.

He said: "Fortunately now our numbers are dramatically down compared to a few months ago.

"And even the small number of cases - the 10 or 15 cases a day that we're seeing - most of those are known contacts of clusters and households and workplaces, whether it's nursing home or hospital or meat factory, where there's already known to be cases.

"So the risk of just someone in the street, in the community, unexpectedly showing up with it is around the one in a million per day - which is great.

"We're doing much better than we were a few months ago."

Main image: Dr Tony Holohan speaking on the update to the Government Roadmap for Re-opening Society. Picture by: Julien Behal Photography

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