The HPSC has been informed of 27 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
22 cases are associated with local transmission, 2 are associated with community transmission and 3 are associated with travel.
3 of these new cases are in ICU bringing the total patients currently in ICU to 6.
We have one confirmed death of COVID-19 in Ireland.
There are now 70 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
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 (Thursday 12 March), Ireland made the decision to move to Delay Phase.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:
Delay phase is designed to interrupt the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, by advising reductions on social interactions.
This phase requires a community effort, every citizen acting responsibly in order to protect our vulnerable and elderly members of society.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:
Today, Ireland introduces new measures as part of our effort to interrupt the transmission of COVID-19:
-involving more than 100 people if located indoors
-involving more than 500 people if located outdoors