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‘If you feel unsafe turn around and go home’

A further 434 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed int he past 24 hours, including fewer than five in Kerry

BUSINESS owners, employees and customers have been urged to take great care and not to put themselves at risk of contracting Covid-19 when many commercial outlets reopen on Monday.

Department of Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said employees and customers will return to work and the economy will begin to restart and that is testament to the hard work of the vast majority in suppressing incidence of disease in the community.

But he stressed: “It is extremely important that people take great care and review safety protocols and practices and ensure to consider all the actions we can all take as individuals to protect ourselves and our loved ones”.

Dr Holohan said people should only return to the workplace if it is necessary to do so and people should continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, good hand hygiene and cough etiquette.

It is extremely important that people take great care and review safety protocols and practices

“If you feel unsafe in a crowded environment feel empowered to turn around and go home,” he pleaded.

He reminded employers that they have a duty of care to those that work for them and reopening responsibly will help to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 spreading.

Dr Holohan’s comments came on a day when four further deaths and 434 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed, including fewer than five in Kerry.

It brings the total number of fatalities to 4,918 with 251,904 confirmed cases of the disease.

Of the cases notified today 221 are male and 212 are female with a significant 80 per cent under 45 years of age. The median age of those affected is 31.

197 of the newly diagnosed cases are in Dublin, 44 in Cork, 34 in Kildare, 20 in Limerick and 20 in Meath with the remaining 119 cases spread across 16 other counties.

Early this morning, 126 Covid-19 patients were in hospital with 34 in intensive care. There have been 15 additional hospital admissions due to the virus in the past 24 hours.