Growth in young Irish COVID-19 cases 'a real concern' - chief doctor

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The Chief Medical officer has expressed concern at the high number of young people with cases of Covid-19 in today's figures.

No new deaths linked to Covid-19 have been reported today - but 24 more people have tested positive for the virus in the Republic.

Today's numbers bring the total number of cases to date to 25,437, while the death toll has risen to 1,734.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom announced on Monday that 25 more people had died in relation to Covid-19, taking its death toll to 43,575.

One new case was confirmed in Kilkenny since last Friday brining the county's total to 355.

On Saturday, Ireland reported 23 new infections, the highest number of new cases for two weeks, with six deaths.

He says that if people practice hand washing, social separation, cough and sneeze hygiene and a cloth on the face, he said, we are doing our best to prevent or spread this virus.

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He said that fortunately, dexamethasone is an cheap drug and many manufacturers worldwide can likely accelerate production. "We expect to reach a total of 10 million cases within the next week".

Six of the new cases are associated with worldwide travel, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn outlined.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases within the region remains at 1,420. "It's important that continue to avoid all unnecessary travel at this time", he warned.

"Socialising is important for your mental and physical well-being, but it's important that you are safe while doing so".

For the third consecutive day, there are no Covid-19 patients in ICU in Northern Ireland.

Simon Coveney said future decisions on easing worldwide travel restrictions will be based on data and science and "not politics".

Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health showed a further increase in the proportion of people who self-reported to be wearing face coverings, now at 45%. R is the number of individuals who, on average, will be infected by a single infected person.

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