'Concerns' rise in number of Covid-19 cases and clusters

Latest update on confirmed cases and deaths from Covid-19 in Ireland

Latest update on confirmed cases and deaths from Covid-19 in Ireland

However, an additional 24 cases have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

One person who tested positive for the coronavirus in Northern Ireland has sadly died in the last 24-hour reporting period.

"I can not emphasise enough how important it is to remain informed, keep a 2m distance from others and follow the public health advice on hand washing, cough and sneeze hygiene, and wearing face coverings".

"However, of the 23 cases reported today, 10 cases (43%) are in younger adults aged under 35 years".

'Socialising is important for your mental and physical wellbeing, but it's important that you are safe while doing so.

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It also brings the death toll from Covid-19 in Ireland to 1,735, including the denotification of one death which were previously reported as a result of the virus.

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"Although the incidence of the disease is very low in the community at present, we would urge people who develop any respiratory symptoms to contact their GP as soon as possible".

This information comes on the day that sees the beginning of Phase 3. Nearly all businesses that have not already opened can now do so, including hairdressers, beauticians and gyms.

It is the biggest re-opening since lockdown began on March 12th.

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Museums, cinemas, theatres, bingo halls, galleries and other cultural outlets have also been given the green light.

Indoor gatherings are now limited to 50 people with social distancing, while up to 200 people can gather outside.

However, as the wearing of face coverings on public transport becomes mandatory today, the National Rail and Bus Union (NBRU) has warned that most passengers are not wearing coverings.

Statistics published today show that for the first time since mid-May a COVID-19 related death was registered in the Derry City and Strabane council area.

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