Coronavirus: 102 New Cases And No Further Deaths In Republic

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A closer look at Connacht shows that, over the last 14 day period, there were an additional 31 cases confirmed in Galway, bringing the county's total to 540.

"It's a positive that the majority of transmission in Dublin is taking place in households so, from that perspective; household gatherings, parties, christenings and other family events where people are coming together from multiple households; if at all possible, these need to be stopped in the coming weeks we're going to get this back under control", Dr Glynn said.

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.

"We have seen a progressive and clear increase in the number of hospitalisations".

23 new COVID-19 cases were registered overnight between Monday and Tuesday, while 39 patients recovered.

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By comparison, during the peak of the virus in New South Wales the state recorded a 14-day average of 13 locally-acquired cases. The pandemic has resulted in the loss of around 500,000 jobs in Victoria, including 250,000 under the stage 4 restrictions .

"The greatest risk of transmission to school children is in the home setting", Dr Henry said. No outbreaks have been confirmed in schools as of yet. This is most likely due to the reopening of schools.

Of today's cases, 56 are in Dublin, 11 in Leitrim, six in Galway, and 29 cases are located in Carlow, Cavan, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wexford.

Health officials also confirmed one further death linked to the virus. Of the cases notified today 160 are men and 146 are women while 73% are under 45 years of age.

Rapid testing at airports is being considered, as well as a decision on whether to opt into an EU-initiative that sets out a European-wide map with updated green, amber and red zones depicting safe travel locations across the continent.

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