Coronavirus: 324 new cases and three further deaths in Republic

The Three Coins sculpture in Lifford County Donegal

There have been three new deaths and 324 further coronavirus cases in Ireland.

167 are in Dublin, 42 are in Donegal and 34 are in Cork, while in this region, 6 more cases have been confirmed in Co Roscommon.

The National Public Health Emergency Team is particularly concerned about Louth, Waterford and Donegal - where a third of recent cases are among 15 to 24 year olds.

Speaking to RTÉ's News at One today, Minister Stephen Donnelly said Dublin's 14-day incidence had come down to 73 per 100,000. We all need to cut down on discretionary social activities. The reproduction number over the last two weeks remains high, at between 1.5 and 1.7, growth rate between 5 and 6.1, and doubling time between 12 and 14 days. "Please prioritise who you choose to meet and try to keep your social network as small as possible".

"Remember that COVID-19 is highly contagious and you can be infectious without symptoms".

It comes as officials said efforts over the next week to ten days will be critical in suppressing the virus. Professor Philip Nolan, chair of NPHET's epidemiological modelling advisory group, has said that the goal is to get it back to below zero.

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting Chief Medical Officer, says doctors are coming across more cases arising from people who are close contacts of confirmed cases, but not restricting their movements.

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