Three more Covid cases in Donegal

There are three more cases of Covid-19 in County Donegal.

Yesterday evening, the National Public Health Emergency Team announced the figure was 495.

Previously, it had been 492.

Professor Philip Nolan, chair of NEPHET said that while the 14-day cumulative incidence remains high in Kildare, laois and Offaly, a number of other counties were experiencing small outbreaks, Donegal being one of them.

The number of cases remain the same for Sligo and Leitrim, at 153 and 85 respectively.

Nationally, 40 more cases of Covid-19 have been reported, and 1 new death.

Three quarters of the new cases are in people under the age of 45.

12 are in Dublin and 11 are in Kildare.

The total number of cases now stands at 26,838, and the death toll is 1,774 .

Speaking yesterday, Professor Philip Nolan, the chair of NPHET’s modelling group, says the recent trend is very concerning.

A programme of Covid-19 testing for children is being developed by public health officials, ahead of schools planned re-opening later this month.

The HSE and the National Public Health Emergency Team is working to give specific guidance to parents next week on when their children should be tested.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronan Glynn says you can’t avoid outbreaks occurring when schools reopen: