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Coronavirus: 17 More Deaths And 73 New Cases In Republic

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

05:50 27 May 2020


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There have been another 17 coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic.

73 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed today.

It brings the total number of cases to 24,803, while the number of deaths now stands at 1,631.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: "To date, 90% of confirmed cases diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered.

"But we cannot afford to stop the hard work involved in suppressing this virus."

It comes after Health Minister Simon Harris told the Dáil the reproductive rate of the virus remains stable at between 0.4 and 0.5.

Meanwhile, Dr Holohan earlier told government ministers he won't be recommending a change to the two metre social distancing rule at the moment.

Some ministers had asked if it could be reduced to one metre, a distance which the World Health Organisation has deemed safe.

At a meeting this afternoon it's understood Dr Tony Holohan told ministers a two metre distance is required to ensure continued suppression of the virus.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he believes the Dáil's COVID-19 committee could meet in an attempt to come up with a cross-party consensus on the dispute.

Main image: File photo of Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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