70 Confirmed Cases Of Covid-19 In Ireland

There have been 27 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, bringing the total number of cases to 70, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

22 cases are associated with local transmission, two are associated with community transmission and three are associated with travel.

Three of these new cases are in ICU bringing the total patients currently in ICU to six.

There has been one confirmed death of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The HSE is now working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Ireland has made the decision to move to Delay Phase.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "The ECDC have now advised early, decisive, rapid, coordinated and comprehensive implementation of social distancing measures. Ireland has today responded to this advice.

"NPHET will meet again this evening to continue to review Ireland's response to COVID-19. Today's measures are in place until March 29 and will be updated where necessary."

Delay phase is designed to interrupt the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, by advising reductions on social interactions.

This phase requires a community effort, every citizen acting responsibly in order to protect our vulnerable and elderly members of society.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health added: "If we do nothing, the number of cases will increase rapidly and challenge our healthcare services. We need to flatten the curve – to slow transmission, to reduce the total number of cases and spread the number of cases out over a longer period of time."


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