Kildare has 11 new Covid-19 cases

Laverne Higgins
September 27, 2020

There have now been a total of 34,315 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland, and the death toll in the pandemic stands at 1,797 lives lost.

They noted specific concern with regard to the significant proportion of cases in young people in both Donegal and Derry, and appealed to teenagers and those in their 20s and 30s in particular to reduce their social contacts.

Outbreaks are particularly bad in the Lifford and Stranorlar areas, acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said at a press conference on Thursday.

The chief medical officers in the South and North have issued a joint appeal to people to avoid unnecessary travel across the border because of the Covid-19 spread.

More people have died after contracting Covid-19 in Ireland while over 300 new Covid-19 cases in Ireland have been detected with Dublin representing half while Donegal has emerged as a hot spot for the disease with more than 12% of the daily increase.

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

They jointly appealed to the public across the island to continue to follow public health advice to keep themselves and others safe.

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However, a new case identified on Monday brings to more than 50 the number confirmed infections in Laois since the start of September.

Donegal's 14-day incidence rate is now higher than Dublin's, with 148.2 positive cases per 100,000 population, and Dublin recording 144.5 positive cases per 100,000.

The highest number of cases - 167 - occurred in Dublin, which is already at level 3 of the COVID plan.

"That would be enhanced in terms of the interaction between Global Positioning System on both sides of the border". Making the announcement, the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, said that the decision was based on "very worrying data".

She cautioned anyone considering a cross-border leisure trip at the weekend to stay at home.

NPHET is examining measures for Cork, Waterford, Limerick and Galway cities which may be different from the rest of their counties.

He made the comments as he visited Workvivo headquarters in Douglas, Cork, where 100 jobs are to be created over the next three years.

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