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Coronavirus: One further death and three news cases as warning issued about travelling abroad

One further person has died from Coronavirus and there have been a further three confirmed cases, according to figures released by the Department of Health this evening.

It means there has now been a total of 1,735 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland and a total of 25,439 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Meanwhile, Professor Philip Nolan, who chairs the epidemiological modelling advisory group at the National Public Health Emergency Team, has urged the public to consider whether travelling abroad is a “luxury or necessity” as the number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland related to travel has increased.

Nolan shared date on Twitter which showed a steady week-on-week increase in the transmission of the virus as a result of travel.

“New travel-related Covid-19 infections a grave concern. A surge seeded by travel is a risk to public health, to healthcare workers, to the vulnerable in our community,” he said.

“We can protect them by foregoing our holiday abroad. A useful question for any activity: luxury or necessity?”

Earlier this week, Nolan also revealed that 13 cases of the virus have been imported from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Portugal, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the US in the last two weeks.

He echoes similar concerns raised by chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan who said NPHET is still examining ways in which air bridges can be safely introduced and suggested the public should consider holidaying in Ireland this year.

Fáilte Ireland last week revealed its new ‘Ireland, make a break for it’ marketing campaign to boost tourism and encourage members of the public to explore locations across Ireland.

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