Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, has urged people to spend locally and stay in Ireland this summer.
As fears over a second wave of coronavirus continue, Dr Holohan highlighted that going on foreign holidays alongside travel from overseas later this summer remained a genuine concern.
“We move to phase 3 on Monday, June 29th. Very low levels of Covid-19. What worries me most is travel from overseas and I fear many planning foreign trips. 2020 is a year for a staycation. Stay in Ireland, spend locally and follow public health advice,” he tweeted.
We move to phase 3 on Mon 29th June. Very low levels of #COVID19. What worries me most now is travel from overseas and I fear many planning foreign trips. 2020 is a year for a staycation. Stay in Ireland, spend locally and follow public health advice. @roinnslainte @HSELive
— Dr Tony Holohan (@CMOIreland) June 27, 2020
There were 23 new cases of Covid-19 reported in the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, with almost half of them attributed to those younger than 35 years of age.
“High levels of compliance to public health advice to date has enabled further re-opening of economic and social life.
“However, of the 23 cases reported (on Saturday), ten cases (43%) are in younger adults aged under 35 years. A further eight cases (35%) are in those aged between 35 and 54.
“This is now a real concern and a worrying trend at a time when many people are reconnecting with friends and loved ones and may be gathering in larger groups.
“In recent days, for example, some cases have had large numbers of close contacts that have required testing and self-isolation for 14 days.
“Covid-19 is an infection that affects all ages and it is incumbent on all of us to take our individual responsibility seriously.
“I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to remain informed, keep a two-metres distance from others and follow the public health advice on hand washing, cough and sneeze hygiene, and wearing face coverings,” he explained.