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Coronavirus Ireland county cases: Four areas hit by biggest rise as quieter spot sees jump


Four counties saw the biggest rise in coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, according to the latest statistics.

In total, 79 further cases were announced by the Department of Health this evening.

It brings the total number of infections here to 27,755 since the pandemic began.

Dublin, with 43, had the most significant jump once again. The capital has generally been the epicentre of the outbreak in Ireland, accounting for nearly half of all cases here.

This was followed by Kildare with 15 cases and Cork with six.




Tipperary, with a far smaller population, also saw a noticeable increase, reporting six further infections. The county also saw 11 new cases announced yesterday.

The remaining 15 cases are spread across Clare, Donegal, Laois, Limerick, Louth, Mayo, Roscommon, Wexford and Wicklow.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 39 are men / 40 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • 30 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 21 cases have been identified as community transmission

Dr Ronan Glynn also addressed the decision to keep Kildare in lockdown while Laois and Offaly will have measures loosened with immediate effect.

The Acting Chief Medical Officer said: “Firstly I would like to thank the people of Kildare, Laois and Offaly, you have shown an incredible example of solidarity and social responsibility by following the enhanced public health advice for your region.



“Your actions have saved lives. The epidemiological situation in Kildare means that we must extend the public health measures for a further two weeks. While there is some cause for optimism, the 7 and 14 day incidence rates in Kildare remain very high.

“Evidence suggests that the measures are working, but more time is required to reduce the number of cases in Kildare.

“We as a nation must show solidarity with Kildare in our collective efforts, especially over the next two weeks, by working together to suppress this virus.

“We can protect each other by following the public health advice. I am asking all households across Ireland to play your part, reduce your social contacts, wash your hands, keep a 2m distance from each other and wear a facecovering in shops and on public transport.

“These actions are vital to protect our families and safeguard those who are most vulnerable to the disease.”



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