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Shops and supermarkets are the new frontline

No additional cases were reported in Kerry this Monday

NO additional cases in Kerry, no further deaths nationally and six new cases confirmed – that sums up today’s Covid-19 statistics released by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

There has been a total of 1,753 coronavirus related deaths in Ireland and 25,766 confirmed cases as of midnight on Sunday.

Over the past 14 days, the total number of confirmed cases notified to was 270, comprising 57 per cent females and 43 per cent of males. The median age was 34 years old and 69 per cent of new cases were aged under 45.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health, said outbreaks of the virus are now emerging in n a range of work settings, including construction, fast food outlets and supermarkets.

“We can’t underestimate how quickly clusters develop. We have come so far together but we need to stay vigilant to prevent a resurgence across the whole country in the coming weeks,” he said.

Dr Glynn said many workplaces have introduced the new regimes and safety measures necessary to reopen their businesses and, he added, shops, services and supermarkets are the new frontline.

“With the increase in outbreaks in our communities, I would urge everyone to wear face coverings in healthcare settings and when shopping, including in the supermarket and other indoor retail services,” he said.

Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health shows 70 per cent of the population now self-report to wearing face coverings.

The nationally representative sample of 2,100 people conducted on behalf of the Department of Health today reveals:

  • 94% of people who use public transport say they wear a face covering every time with 4% saying they wear a face covering most of the time
  • 37% of people say they wear a face covering every time they are shopping, up from 26% last week and 30% say they wear a face covering most of the time
  • Three quarters (75%) think that there will be a second wave which is up 30% since June.Today’s News Today: KillarneyToday.com is the talk of the town with more than 300,000 readers every month and 25,000 followers on Facebook. To advertise call 087-2229761