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Government warns of ‘concerning’ trends as 188 new cases confirmed

admin | September 21, 2020

Updated 20:54

The government is warning of ‘concerning’ trends of rising Covid-19 cases around the country.

It has identified Louth, Waterford and Donegal as counties of particular concern, while it is also worried about the spread of the virus in Leitrim, Offaly, Kildare, Limerick and Wicklow. Earlier the Taoiseach said moving other counties to Level three restrictions would be kept under consideration.

Meanwhile, Government official Liz Canavan issued this advice people around the country:

“For those of you in Dublin we ask you to abide by the restrictions. A short sharp action now to arrest the spread of the virus.”

“For those outside of Dublin I would like to remind you of the acting chief medical officer’s advice: plan to see half the number of people that you saw last week.

“When you do meet, so so safely and keep your distance.” It comes as this evening, a further 188 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed by the Department of Health.

No new deaths were announced from the virus, meaning the number of Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland is still 1,792.

With the new cases this evening, there is now a total of 33,121 confirmed cases of Covid-19.Public health advice

Of the cases announced this evening: 96 are men and 90 are women, 71 per cent are under 45 years of age and 36 per cent are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.They also confirmed that 19 cases have been identified as community transmission.

Once again the majority of cases are in Dublin with 76, while Cork and Donegal recorded the next highest amount with 25 and 21 new cases.

Elsewhere there were 16 in Kildare, 13 in Galway, seven in Roscommon and seven in Waterford, with the remaining 23 cases spread across 12 counties. As of this morning, there are currently 90 people in hospitals across Ireland with the virus and a further 16 people in ICUs.

Speaking about today’s figures, Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer said:

“The spirit of the response to COVID-19 since the outset of this pandemic has been solidarity and cooperation. While this pandemic is a uniquely challenging time for everyone, we can and will support one another in getting through this. “Encourage your family and friends to heed the public health advice. Now more than ever, we need to work collectively. Our individual actions count on a population level.

“Every one of us doing our bit in our daily lives – halving our social contacts, working from home, keeping our distance, wearing a face covering, washing our hands – matters a great deal. These small, positive steps taken together amount to our best and strongest defence against the virus.”

READ MORETaoiseach says moving other counties to Level three will be ‘carefully considered’

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