Coronavirus in Ireland: 208 more cases and no further deaths reported

There were 208 new cases of Covid-19 nationally including 108 in Dublin and no further deaths reported on Monday, according to figures released by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

Of the cases 62 per cent are aged under 45 years. Aside from Dublin 18 cases are in Louth, 12 in Donegal, 10 in Meath, 9 in Kildare, 8 in Waterford, 7 in Cork, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Wexford and the remaining 24 cases are located in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Mayo, Roscommon, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wicklow.

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said NPHET has decided to reduce the period of isolation from 14 to 10 days for confirmed cases from the onset of symptoms, based on advice received from the Expert Advisory Group following a review of the evidence.

He also said NPHET has agreed that nasal swabs are an acceptable alernative for children to the invasive nasopharyngeal swab

“ This will hopefully make testing a simpler process for children going forward,” he said.