IRELAND’S ACTING Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn has described the reporting of just 53 new cases of coronavirus and no new deaths in the past 24 hours as a “positive development”.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) recorded a further 53 cases of the virus across Ireland to bring the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases to 26,162.
The HSPC also recorded no new deaths from the virus, meaning the total number of deaths in Ireland remains at 1,763 since the outbreak began.
Commenting on the figures, Dr Ronan Glynn confirmed Ireland’s health authorities had been able to effectively source the latest Covid-19 infections.
Despite the positive numbers, he appealed for the wider public to “stay the course” and stick to the public health guidelines in place.
The Acting Chief Medical Officer from the Department of Health said: "The source of transmission for over 90% of cases reported today has been identified.
“This is a positive development in light of the number of cases reported over the past few days.”
“However, our five day average for cases reported is now 47.”
Dr Glynn continued: "We all need to continue to adopt a prevention mindset and continue making good choices to protect ourselves and others while trying to live safely with Covid-19.
“People are still susceptible, this virus has not changed. We know how to break the chains of transmission.
"Let’s stay the course by physically distancing, washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding crowds and doing all we can to protect each other.”
According to a breakdown of the new case numbers, 80% were among people aged 45 or younger.
25 of the 53 new cases were also confirmed as being located in Dublin with four identified through community transmission.
Other takeaways from the date compiled included the fact 27 were men while 26 were women and that 45 were associated with outbreaks or close contacts with a confirmed case.
A total of 25 cases were located in Dublin, 19 in Laois, 6 in Kildare and the remaining 3 were spread across two other counties.