Dr Tony Holohan issues advice after latest rise in COVID cases and deaths

The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has urged the public to act as if they have COVID-19 after another high number of cases and deaths were confirmed this evening.

77 further deaths were announced by the HSPC tonight, as well as 1,910 new cases.

Speaking as the news was confirmed, Holohan said:

Through the solidarity shown by families and communities across the country in recent weeks, we are beginning to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection.

''Each individual effort to follow the public health advice is making an impact.

''But we can only continue this positive trend and drive down incidence in the community by continuing to stay at home and avoid meeting or mixing with others in our social circle, including for any close family gatherings, such as birthdays or funerals, as these can be super-spreader events.

We know it is possible to have COVID-19 without displaying symptoms.

'So we all need to behave as though we are infectious and minimise our close contacts with others.

''If you suspect that you might be ill, isolate away from others in your household, let your close contacts know and come forward for testing as soon as possible.

Holohan was speaking as 1,910 additional COVID cases were confirmed by the HSE.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 887 are men / 1,016 are women

  • 57% are under 45 years of age

  • The median age is 40 years old

  • 710 in Dublin, 150 in Cork, 103 in Meath, 102 in Limerick, 86 in Louth, and the remaining 759 cases are spread across all other counties**

As of 2pm today, 1,892 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 217 are in ICU. 59 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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