Coronavirus Ireland: Rise in cases as 270 confirmed with another five deaths – Irish Mirror

Last Updated on December 2, 2020 by

There has been a rise with 270 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five deaths.
Of the cases, 58 in Dublin, 38 in Donegal, 28 in Wicklow, 25 in Mayo, 24 in Limerick and the remaining 97 cases are spread across 21 other counties.

As of 2pm today, 231 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU, there were 27 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “It is important to keep up the progress that we have achieved in recent weeks.

Ireland now has the lowest 14-day incidence of COVID-19 in the EU according the latest ECDC figures.

He insisted there is no room for complacency as the country moves into Level three restrictions.

Dr Tony added: “We need to hold firm to this position.

“As more services reopen for business, remember to use the basic public health advice as a guide when organising your time.

“When you are out in shops and accessing services, try to avoid high risk situations and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible on busy streets and crowded outdoor areas.

“When you come home from shopping or being outdoors, remember that washing your hands is your first priority.

“For those of us who cannot work from home, the wearing of a face covering is now advised when moving around busy indoor workplaces and in communal work areas.

“If you are planning to travel around your county, consider first whether it is absolutely necessary to travel.

“Your individual actions are vital to our national effort to suppress the transmission of this disease.”

30/11/2020 – Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health (Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin)

Of the cases notified today;

  • 141 are men / 129 are women
  • 63% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 37 years old

Ireland formally left level five lockdown on Tuesday.

And there’ll be even more of a Christmas buzz when restaurants and pubs serving food return on Friday, December 4th.

The Government unleashed its plan for living with Covid over the festive season last Friday.

Under part of the scheme, outlined by Taoiseach Micheal Martin in an address to the nation, people will still need to remain within their own county for the next two-and-a-half weeks.

From December 18 until January 6, members of the public can travel freely around the country to reunite with loved ones for Christmas.

During the same period, people from three different households can meet up.

Currently, Ireland is under Level Three on the Living With Covid plan, with extra measures, such as the reopening of some pubs and all restaurants indoors, which is usually not allowed at such a phase.

But from January 6, the country will once again be placed under full Level Three restrictions, or worse, depending on whether cases rise significantly during the festive season.

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