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69 new cases of Covid-19 brings total to 292

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been informed of 69 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

· 29 male, 40 female
· 48 are associated with the east of the country, 13 are associated with the south, five are associated with the north/west, and three are associated with the west 

There have now been 292 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, including two people who have passed away.

The HSE is now working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients may have had, to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Today, Minister for Health Simon Harris, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn, Chief Clinical Officer of the HSE Dr Colm Henry and Chair of the Covid-19 Expert Advisory Group, Dr Cillian De Gascun, met with medical colleagues from across the health service to outline Ireland’s “approach to date and to discuss how best to meet the challenges ahead”.

Dr Holohan commented:“Cooperation across the health service has never been more important and I would like to thank our colleagues in their ongoing efforts to help us to prepare for and limit the spread of Covid-19.”

Dr Glynn said the meeting emphasised “the importance of us all coming together, sharing our perspectives and ensuring that our health workforces are supported and enabled to to respond dynamically at this crucial time”.

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