16 deaths and 51 new cases, but positivity rate continues to fall

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A further 16 people with Covid 19 have died and 51 new cases have been confirmed.

Today’s latest figures brings the total number of fatalities to 1,561 and the total number of confirmed cases to 24,251.

Meanwhile, figures valid as of midnight Sunday have shown that 7,661 confirmed cases are among healthcare workers.

The HSE has also revealed that at the same a total of 295,626 tests have been carried out.

Over the past week 36,818 tests were performed and out of those, 932 were positive, meaning that the positivity rate has fallen further to 2.5%.

Commenting on this data, the Chair of the National Public Health Emergency Team Expert Advisory Group, Dr Cillian De Gascun, said that despite broadening the case definition and an increase in referrals, the positivity rate has continued to decline.

This, he added, ‘indicates a consistent suppression of Covid-19 in the community’.

Also speaking at this evening’s briefing, Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health noted that today is World Family Doctor Day.

‘GPs continue to play a key role in Ireland’s response to this pandemic’, he said.

‘General Practice is open and has continued to be a vital point of access to healthcare fore all during this pandemic.’

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