Thu, 13 Aug 2020

DUBLIN, Ireland - There were no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre on Monday, although authorities are becoming increasingly concerned that new cases are emerging and possible among clusters.

International arrivals in Ireland are also causing concern following the emergence of six new transmissions.

"We are starting to see a worrying trend, with the number of reported cases increasing, and some new clusters," Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at Ireland's Department of Health, said Monday..

"As restrictions are lifted and people move about more, it's important that we use the tools that have helped us suppress the virus to date."

"Hand washing, physical distancing, cough/sneeze hygiene and wearing face coverings are important personal behaviours that mean, as we go about our daily lives, that we are doing everything we can to avoid contracting the virus and spreading it to those we love," Dr Holohan said.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "Today we are reporting at least six cases associated with international travel. Many countries around the world are still experiencing high and increasing levels of this disease. Last week, there were over 1.1 million cases reported and there have now been over 10 million cases reported globally to date."

"The risk of imported cases remains high. It's important that continue to avoid all unnecessary travel at this time."

Dr Siobhn Kennelly, HSE National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Older Persons said: "Many restrictions have now been lifted and people are getting out more, including those who are over 70 or medically vulnerable."

"Socialising is important for your mental and physical wellbeing, but it's important that you are safe while doing so. Wear a face covering, know the symptoms of COVID-19 and contact your GP straight away if you feel unwell."

Siobhn Killeen, Dublin GAA footballer said: "The aftereffects of this disease are very serious, even for those who are fit and healthy. I was in very good health, but it was a very tough battle. I, probably like many others, was nave in thinking that my age and health would protect me from a very infectious disease."

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