The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, has said that the entire National Public Health Emergency Team has entered the weekend with a growing sense of concern about compliance with the strict travel restrictions and social distancing  measures that been i…

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, has said that the entire National Public Health Emergency Team has entered the weekend with a growing sense of concern about compliance with the strict travel restrictions and social distancing  measures that been in place since 27 March.
He said that compliance with the restrictions over the next ten days was critical to the control of Coronavirus.
Dr Holohan said the sense of concern among his team of public health experts had been growing over the last week as hard evidence of some slackening of adherence social restrictions materialised.
He said the situation remained that he would not currently recommend the restrictions be relaxed given the behaviour of the disease.
It is 57 days since the first Covid-19 case in Ireland was reported.
During that time, 1,014 people infected people have died while the number of confirmed cases is running at more than 18,000 people.
Included in the number of fatalities are five healthcare workers and 576 residents in Long Term Care facilities, including nursing homes.
707 residents from nursing homes have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past week alone.
Many more are still awaiting the outcome of about 20,000 swab tests that have been conducted among residents and staff and since last Saturday.
The testing operation in nursing home settings will continue throughout this weekend.