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Coronavirus: Two more deaths and 159 new cases – 5 of them in Laois

Two more deaths and a further 159 cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed – with five of those cases in Laois.

There is now a total of of 30,730 cases and 1,783 deaths.

Of the cases notified today, 70 are men and 89 are women. 65% are under 45 years of age while 51% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.

23 cases have been identified as community transmission. 75 of the cases are in Dublin, 10 in Louth, 6 in Cork, 6 in Donegal, 6 in Meath, 5 in Laois, 5 in Wexford, and the remaining 46 cases are in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Mayo, Offaly, Roscommon, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath and Wicklow.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “47% of the cases reported today are in Dublin City and County.

“For the people of Dublin in particular, this is a critical moment to address the spread of the disease in the community. Individual choices can make all the difference – reconsider your plans for the weekend, reduce the number of people that you meet and avoid social activities that involve large groups of people.”

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