Thu, 13 Aug 2020

DUBLIN, Ireland - Irish health officials say that 38% of people in Ireland believe the coronavirus pandemic will get worse.

They have warned that this does not have to be the case.

The Department of Health has also confirmed that more than a third of the population has downloaded the Covid App for Ireland, which is a strong indication that people are taking seriously the current challenges that the coronavirus has wrought on the country.

The number of reported cases of Covid-19 in Ireland stands at 25,638, with just eleven cases reported to midnight Sunday.

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre so the total number of deaths from the disease remains at 1,746.

"Our research shows that 38% of the population now believe the worst of the pandemic is ahead of us. This does not have to be the case," Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said Monday night. "Simple measures like hand washing, physical distancing, face coverings in appropriate settings, cough/sneeze etiquette and watching out for symptoms are the crucial elements in suppressing COVID-19."

Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, added: "Almost 1.25 million people in Ireland have downloaded the COVID App. That represents 34% of the adult population. This has already served as a support to contact tracers. If you have not done so to date, please download the app."

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