Covid-19 update – 29 deaths, 137 new cases confirmed

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A further 29 people with Covid-19 have died.

In the latest update from the National Public Health Emergency Team, figures valid up to 11am today (Thursday, May 7th) confirm that there have been a total of 1,403 Covid-19-related deaths in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has also been notified of an additional 137 new confirmed cases of the virus.

The latest data bring to 22,385 confirmed cases of Covid-19 here.

Commenting today, Dr Tony Holohan said that the reproduction number is now between 0.5 and 0.6.

‘We have achieved our goal of suppressing the spread of the disease’, he said.

Dr Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health went on to point out that as the pattern of Covid-19 is considered in the context of gradually easing restrictions in the near future:

“These weeks are just as important as the first weeks of our response. Our behaviours are crucial in maintaining our progress and keeping the reproduction number below 1.”

Dr. Tony Holohan, CMO

6,498 of confirmed cases are among healthcare workers.