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Coronavirus: Six more deaths and 23 new cases as ‘worrying trend’ among under 35s

A further six people have died from Coronavirus and there have been 23 new cases, according to the Department of Health. 

This brings to 1,734 the total number of deaths from the virus whil there are 25,437 confirmed cases.

A statement this evening, says that there is a worrying trend in cases of people under 35 – with a large number of close contacts also evident.

“High levels of compliance to public health advice to date has enabled further reopening of economic and social life,” said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, 

“However, of the 23 cases reported today, 10 cases (43%) are in younger adults aged under 35 years. A further 8 cases (35%) are in those aged between 35-54.

“This is now a real concern and a worrying trend at a time when many people are reconnecting with friends and loved ones and may be gathering in larger groups.

“In recent days, for example, some cases have had large numbers of close contacts that have required testing and self-isolation for 14 days.

“COVID-19 is an infection that affects all ages and it is incumbent on all of us to take our individual responsibility seriously.

“I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to remain informed, keep a 2m distance from others and follow the public health advice on hand washing, cough and sneeze hygiene, and wearing face coverings.”

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