Three further deaths, 84 additional cases of Covid-19

Three further deaths, 84 additional cases of Covid-19

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says there is particular concern about recent cases in Dublin and Limerick.

Vanden Brink says the public can expect more new cases of COVID-19 as contact tracing continues and more people are tested.

The CMO revealed that the disease is growing at around 5pc per day in Dublin.

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said that while the R number for the country as a whole is close to 1, in Dublin it is at approximately 1.4. "Fortunately, the severity of cases we're seeing is less, which is driven by the fact that the majority of cases are younger people", Prof.

Today, Sunday, September 6 the HPSC has been notified of 138 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been cases identified in 54 schools but no outbreaks have been declared.

"We have seen a surge in demand for testing, close to 70,000 tests have been carried out in the last week - which is the highest it's been. Which appears to not be adversely affecting community transmission", Dr Henry said.

182 of Tuesday's cases are found in Dublin, while 25 are in Kildare, 19 in Limerick, 15 in Wexford, 15 in Louth, eight in Wicklow, six in Galway, six in Clare, six in Kilkenny and the remaining 25 cases located in Cavan, Cork, Donegal, Kerry, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath.

Health officials also confirmed one further death linked to the virus.

Mr Varadkar said if we are serious about living with the virus it means more travel and while global travel started the spread of coronavirus in Ireland, it is no longer the main cause of Covid-19.

Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton told the Dáil that the Government's travel plan will be discussed at Cabinet next Tuesday and published "shortly after".

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