Covid-19 latest – continued support urged on International Nurses Day

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The Health protection Surveillance Centre has been notified that another 24 people diagnosed with Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland to 1,488.

An additional 107 new cases have also been confirmed. This brings to 23,242, the number of cases of the virus confirmed in Ireland so far. This is the lowest daily rate of additional cases in three weeks.

524 cases have been confirmed in Co Tipp as of Sunday, while in Limerick the number to date is 588.

As of midnight Monday, May 11th, a total of 258,808 tests have been carried out, 44,047 of which were conducted over the last week. A 3.3% positivity rate for that week was noted.

‘Please continue to support them during this time, hold firm and stay safe.’

In the meantime, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) met today to continue examining the progress of the disease ahead of the planned first phase of the easing of restrictions scheduled for next week.

Rachel Kenna, the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health noted that she had not expected to be marking International Nurses Day in this way, but added that the public’s actions over the last number of weeks have meant nurses and midwives can continue to deliver care to those who need it.

She concluded with this appeal: ‘Please continue to support them during this time, hold firm and stay safe.’

For updated and factual Public Health information and advice on the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, please visit hse.ie/coronavirus or call 1850 24 1850