IN reports almost 2,800 new COVID-19 cases, 28 deaths

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Of the cases notified today 68% are under 45 years of age, while the median age is 33.

Of the cases notified today 87 were in Dublin, 62 in Cork, 41 in Mayo, 37 in Galway and the remaining 189 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

Cases are considered to be "recovered" after it's been 32 days since the person was hospitalized for covid-19 and not deceased or, if they weren't hospitalized within 14 days of testing positive.

"One is in relation to Dublin where we haven't seen the drop in the way we have seen it across the rest of the country".

Most people who get infected have mild or no symptoms, but they can transmit the virus to others.

Dr. Tony Holohan said the country was one of only four European Union member states that have managed to reduce the seven-day incidence of coronavirus, but said there was more to be done.

The briefing heard there was no clear indication of what had caused the decrease, coming too late to be attributed to the introduction of level three restrictions, but too early for the effects of level five.

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"I don't anticipate at this stage on the base of what we're seeing that we'll be in a position to do anything like that", he said.

"We would never rule anything out". We have made much more progress.

"We should take encouragement from the data that our efforts are starting to work". Of those, 129,663 people no longer need to self-isolate.

Dr Favier said there has been a notable change of behaviour among the youth and that the public at large had reduced their close contacts. "This will build more robust teams and more resilience in the system".

However, yesterday marked the seventh day in a row when the number of new cases was below 1,000.

"[There are] some continued signs of encouragement this week".

Levine cited the steadying rate of coronavirus-related deaths, opposed to rapidly increasing case counts, as a byproduct of a number of things.

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