More Than 200 New Coronavirus...


More Than 200 New Coronavirus Cases Confirmed

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

08:41 24 Mar 2020

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There have been 204 new cases of coronavirus in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre  also said another patient has died.

The man, in the east of the country, had an underlying health condition.

There have now been seven COVID-19 related deaths here.

It brings the total number of cases to 1,329.

To date, 17,992 tests have been carried out in labs across the country.

While analysis of public health contact tracing has shown the average number of close contacts per confirmed case has dropped from 20+ to around five.

This suggests people are following health advise, and limiting the amount of others they engage with.

Daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 | Source: Department of Health

It comes on the same day as the Government announced the closure of all non-essential shops and services.

This includes a four-person limit on outdoor social gatherings, and no unnecessary travel in the State or overseas.

From midnight all theatres, clubs, gyms/leisure centres, hairdressers, betting shops, marts, markets, casinos, bingo halls, libraries and other similar outlets are to shut.

All hotels are to limit their occupancy to essential non-social and non-tourist reasons.

All non-essential retail outlets are to close to members of the public and all other retail outlets are to implement physical distancing.

All cafés and restaurants are to limit supply to take away food or delivery.

All sporting events are also cancelled, including those behind closed doors - and all playgrounds and holiday/caravan parks will close.

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