Health Officials Warn Ireland In A "Precarious" Position With Covid-19

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 20, 2020

No deaths associated with Covid-19 have been reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today, while there have been ten further confirmed cases.

There have been no new Covid related deaths in the North for the third day running.

Three further people have died in relation to Covid-19, while 34 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed.

There are 489 confirmed cases in Galway, 346 in Roscommon and 148 in Sligo while there are 82 confirmed cases in Leitrim.

Meanwhile, a Covid-19 cluster has been identified in the Limavady area.

The overall estimated reproductive rate of the disease is 0.5-1.0, meaning less than one person is infected by each case in Northern Ireland.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; "COVID-19 is extremely infectious".

"That's why following the public health advice on regular hand washing and maintaining a social distance of two metres remains vitally important".

Health Minister Robin Swann stated: "We have long anticipated and warned that clusters will happen".

"I would once again urge everyone across Northern Ireland to guard against complacency".

"We have made important strides forward against the virus, but we must always remember that we have a long way to go".

He said: "If there's widespread community transmission of the virus, then it will get into schools, into residential care facilities, and into nursing homes - but if we can stamp it out in the community, that's how we protect everybody".

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