One new death and 35 new cases of Covid-19

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There has been one further death from Covid-19 and 35 new cases in Ireland, according to the Department of Health.

This means the current death toll in the Republic from the virus is 1,773.

As of 8am this morning 14 people are in hospital with Covid-19 and seven people are in intensive care units.

This comes as an immunology expert Professor Tomás Ryan has warned that further cases of Covid-19 in counties Laois, Offaly and Kildare could lead to an extension of restrictions by four to six weeks.

The associate professor at the school of biochemistry and immunology at Trinity College Dublin told Newstalk Breakfast that there had to be a trade-off – either two to three weeks of severe restrictions or four to six weeks of lesser restrictions, which was what was happening at present.

“I can’t see how two weeks will be sufficient to contain this,” he said.

He also said that while more people were wearing face coverings, he felt that people were not observing enough physical distance and that the reopening of schools could have to be reconsidered.

Healthcare workers continued to put their lives on the line, they did not need to have to cope with a second surge, he said.

A regional approach was the way to go, he suggested. “Local lockdowns are better than the whole country.”



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