NPHET highlights need to keep transmission rate down

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28 people with Covid-19 have died, according to the latest figures published by the National Public Health Emergency Team.

This brings to 794, the number of laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

936 additional cases of the virus have also been confirmed today, bringing the total number of cases here to 17,607.

The highest number of cases are in Dublin, at 8,216 or 50% of cases. Cork has the second-highest number with 1,087 or 7% of all cases.

There are 327 cases in Co Tipperary and 420 in Limerick.

‘remain vigilant in our behaviours’

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of NPHET Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group today warned that we must keep to the the current restrictions if we want to keep control of the outbreak.

He pointed out that the R (Reproductive Rate) number which represents the number of people to whom the virus is transmitted by an infected person is now between 0.5 and 0.8.

‘This success’, he said, ’emphasises how vital it is to remain vigilant in our behaviours’.

He further warned that if the R number moves above one, then ‘we are no longer in control of the disease’.

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