DUBLIN, Ireland - More than half the new cases of coronavirus in Ireland over the past week have involved younger people.
54% of the approximately 500 new cases have involved people aged from 24 to 55. The median age of people who have contracted the virus in Ireland now stands at 48.
Meantime another eight people with Covid-19 have died taking the total deaths to 1,658.
"Over the past week there have been approximately 500 new cases of COVID-19 notified, 54% of which are aged between 24-55 years old. Incidences of these cases are spread across 21 counties in Ireland. While we are doing well, the potential for spread remains present across all regions of the country," Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, at Ireland's Department of Health, said Tuesday.
Mr Holohan said the NPHET will meet on Thursday at which time make further recommendations to the government.
Dr Cillian De Gascun, Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, said: "As of midnight Monday 1 June, 348,416 tests have been carried out. Over the past week, 22,621 tests were carried out and of these 389 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 1.7%."
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: "47% of people are taking longer than 4 days from onset of symptoms to being swabbed. We are strongly encouraging all members of the public to know the symptoms of COVID-19 and seek medical attention as soon as symptoms appear."