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Five Further Coronavirus-Related Deaths And 270 New Cases Announced

Michael Staines
Michael Staines

05:53 2 Dec 2020


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There have been 270 new confirmed coronavirus cases announced this evening, alongside five further deaths.

It takes the death toll in Ireland to 2,074 and the total number of cases 73,066.

The 14-day rate of the virus now stand at 84.7 cases per 100,000 people.

Of the cases announced this evening, 58 are in Dublin, 38 are in Donegal, 28 are in Wicklow, 25 are in Mayo and 24 are in Limerick.

The remaining 97 cases are spread across 21 other counties.

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan it is important that we keep up the progress that we have achieved in recent weeks.

“Ireland now has the lowest 14-day incidence of COVID-19 in the EU according the latest ECDC figures and we need to hold firm to this position,” he said.

“As the country moves into Level 3, there is no room for complacency in our response to COVID-19.”

While Ireland has the lowest 14-day rate in the EU, Iceland still has the lowest rate in Europe, at 55.5 per 100,000 people.

The European Centre for Disease Control 14-day coronavirus rate

“As more services reopen for business, remember to use the basic public health advice as a guide when organising your time,” said Dr Holohan.

“When you are out in shops and accessing services, try to avoid high-risk situations and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible on busy streets and crowded outdoor areas.

“When you come home from shopping or being outdoors, remember that washing your hands is your first priority.

“For those of us who cannot work from home, the wearing of a face covering is now advised when moving around busy indoor workplaces and in communal work areas. If you are planning to travel around your county, consider first whether it is absolutely necessary to travel.

“Your individual actions are vital to our national effort to suppress the transmission of this disease.”

This afternoon, there were 231 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals with 31 people in intensive care.

Of the 74,647 tests carried out in the last week, some 2.7% came back positive.


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