Dr Ronan Glynn

  • The new Covid-19 variant is now in Ireland, according to NPHET.

    Meanwhile, there has been a further 938 new cases of Covid-19 and 13 additional deaths reported this evening.

    300 of the new case are in Dublin, 110 in Cork, 72 in Limerick, 68 in Donegal and 41 in Kildare.

    The 14 day incidence rate is now 153 cases per 100,000 people - it was 88 this day last week.

    Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn says the situation is now at its most serious since last March.

  • The country's 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 has gone below 200 for the first time since Christmas, while the number of people with the disease in hospital continues to fall.

    472 patients were on public wards last night, while 110 of those patients are in ICU.

    Last night, 25 additional deaths were reported from the virus - 5 of which occurred this week and the others on earlier dates.

    566 new cases were recorded by the Department of Health - including 17 in Galway and 8 in Mayo, while there were less than 5 new cases in each of counties Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim.

    The Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says key disease indicators continue on a positive trajectory, through the hard work and sacrifice of the vast majority of people.

    However, we're still seeing outbreaks in the community, including those linked to extended families, workplaces and funerals, and says we need to keep up our guard against the UK variant of the disease, which is dominant in Ireland at present and highly transmissible.

  • Covid-19 cases here are "substantially" reduced, and the number of patients in critical care has "stabilised".

    That's the message from the acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn, as 403 more cases were reported this evening, and no additional deaths.

    In this region, there were 18 new cases reported this evening in Mayo, 14 in Galway, 12 in both Sligo and Leitrim, and 5 new cases in Roscommon.

    Last week saw a 7% reduction in the number of new infections, following a 22% reduction the week before.

    The 14-day incidence rate is now at 115 per hundred thousand people.

  • 196 new cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland this evening.

    There have been no further deaths recorded linked to the virus.

    107 of today's cases are in Dublin, 12 are in Waterford, 11 in Limerick, 8 in Wicklow, 7 in Meath, 7 in Kildare, 6 in Laois, 6 in Westmeath - and the rest spread across 14 other counties, including Mayo, Galway, Roscommon and Leitrim.

    37 of the new cases are linked to community transmission and 27 are people over the age of 65.

    That's something health officials are concerned about - with the number of new infections among older people almost doubling in the last 2 weeks.

    Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn has again urged people to limit their contacts in order to limit the opportunity for the virus to spread.

    He says this can help protect people's families, their communities and those who are most vulnerable.

  • 89 new cases of Covid 19 were confirmed in the Republic last evening - with Leitrim among the counties affected.

    Co Leitrim has lowest rate of the virus of any county, and its last recorded case was a month ago.

    One further death from the virus was reported yesterday evening - which related to a person who died in June.

    There have been no deaths from coronavirus in the past 2 weeks.

     53 of the new cases are in Dublin, 15 in Limerick and the rest are spread across 13 other counties.

    Covid-19 case numbers and patterns are showing the virus is growing very slowly in many counties across the country, according to the latest modelling.

    But Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronan Glynn, wants everyone to treat people they come into contact with as a threat:

  • There have been no new deaths reported today from Covid-19, but 92 more confirmed cases of the cases.

    This brings the number of confirmed cases here to over 28,200.

    Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says that, while the number of cases reported each day remains high, the situation nationally has remained relatively stable over the past week.

    However, we have seen cases of the virus in 25 of the 26 counties over the past two weeks.


  • The acting Chief Medical Officer is warning that Covid-19 is spreading 'disproportionately' among younger people.

    It's after new figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show 40 percent of cases in the last two months have been in people aged between 15 and 34.

    Dr Ronan Glynn said the proportion of cases in younger people is not surprising, as they're more likely to be moving about in the community - going to school, college or work, and keeping our economy and key services going.

    He acknowledged that for teenagers, and people in the 20's and 30's, what's being asked of them is extraordinary.

    Dr Glynn says the vast majority of young people have done the right thing, have heeded public health and kept themselves and their families safe.

    Another 334 cases of coronavirus were reported across the country yesterday - half of the cases were in Dublin while in this region, there were 10 more confirmed cases in Co Galway and 6 in both Mayo and Roscommon.



  • The Deputy Chief Medical Officer has written an open letter to parents, ahead of the phased reopening of schools next week.

    Dr Ronan Glynn appealed to parents and guardians not to congregate at school gates and avoid organising play dates.

    He thanked parents and school staff for their efforts in suppressing the virus which he says "underpinned the national response to Covid-19".

  • A plan for re-opening the country through May, June and July could be revealed at the end of this month.

    The Government is examining a number of areas that will be able to re-open as the number of vaccinations ramps up.

    An Oireachtas committee was warned earlier that there is still the risk of a fourth wave of COVID by the summer.

    But Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says NPHET hopes to be in a position to open more areas next month...


  • Galway is one of four counties now being considered for additional lockdown measures, following 430 new cases of the virus being confirmed yesterday evening - the highest daily figure since April.

    The Health minister Stephen Donnelly confirmed that additional restrictions could be announced this week for Cork, Wicklow, Galway, and Louth.

    The total number of new cases over the weekend was 678, with five deaths reported on Saturday.

    Of the 430 cases announced yesterday, almost half - 212 cases were in Dublin, 54 in Cork, 23 in Donegal - in this region there were 23 new cases in Galway and 8 in Roscommon.

    Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn has warned that there is "absolutely no room for complacency" as 430 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed yesterday.

    As we start into a new week, he's asking every household across the country to sit together and make a plan to reduce the number of people they meet this week.


    The Government has defended changes to the vaccine roll-out that have been strongly criticised by sectors which believe they should be given priority.

    The new model will see people vaccinated based on age after the over-70s, medically vulnerable and those with underlying conditions have been taken care of.

    Following the first 8 groups of elderly, healthcare workers and medically vulnerable, the next cohort to be vaccinated will be those aged between 55 and 64, then 45 to 54 and so on.

    It means groups like Gardaí, teachers and family carers who had been pushing for early vaccination won't get it.

    But Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says they're following scientific advice:

  • Health officials will meet today to discuss the 'very concerning' rise of Covid-19 cases, particularly in Dublin and Limerick.

    It's claimed the numbers contracting Covid-19 in the capital could double every two weeks if the current trends continue.

    The Acting Chief Medical Officer has urged people to limit their social contacts, and to stop family gatherings such as communions and christenings in private households.

    Dr Ronan Glynn says the current rise nationally as well as in Dublin will be on the agenda for today's meeting.

  • The Taoiseach says health officials are 'hugely concerned' as the so-called 'UK variant' which emerged in December now accounts for 90 per cent of Covid-19 cases.

    It comes as the death toll from the virus exceeded 4,000 here yesterday, and more than 6,000 on the island of Ireland.

    57 additional deaths were reported last night, along with 650 new cases.

    This includes 53 new cases in Galway, which still has the 4th highest 14-rate rate of the virus nationally.

    17 new cases were recorded in Mayo yesterday, with less than 5 in both Roscommon and Sligo and none in Leitrim.

    Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says that, while we've made great progress, the situation remains precarious.

    There are 765 patients in public hospitals with the virus - including 43 at Mayo University Hospital, 32 at UHG, 10 at Sligo University Hospital and 3 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

  • The Acting Chief Medical Officer is asking people to double-down on their efforts to prevent the spread of the virus following the highest daily number of new Covid-19 cases in over three months.

    217 new infections were reported yesterday evening, but for the tenth day in a row,  there were no deaths from the virus.

    Dr Ronan Glynn says while the number of cases is substantial, the five day moving average remains relatively stable at 115 cases per day.

    However, he said this is still a substantial number of cases, and is urging people to continue washing hands regularly, physically distancing, avoiding crowded areas, wearing face coverings where appropriate, and to contact their GP if they have concerns over symptoms.

    Yesterday's numbers included 103 positive tests in Dublin, 25 in Kildare, and 17 each in both Limerick and Tipperary, as new cases were also confirmed in Galway and Roscommon.

    Co Roscommon has seen a steady increase in confirmed cases over the past month, after almost no new cases were reported during July.

    From 1st August to the 30th August, the number of cases in Roscommon increased by 17.

    In the same month, the number of confirmed cases of the virus in Mayo increased by 5, with 17 additional cases in Co Galway during August.


  • No further Covid-19 deaths have been reported in the Republic today, while six new cases have been confirmed.

    It brings the total number of cases to 25,766 and the death toll remains at 1,753.

    Acting Chief Medical Officer, Ronan Glynn, expects a higher number will be reported tomorrow.


  • Open letter from Acting Chief Medical Officer to parents & guardians of school children and to teachers and affiliated school staff

    To parents and guardians of school children in Ireland,


    I am very aware that many of you are worried about the reopening of schools and the associated risk of COVID-19 for your children. This concern is natural and is to be fully expected after a period of six months during which we have all had to adapt to the challenges posed by COVID-19. 


    The decision to reopen schools has not been taken lightly and has been based on guidance produced by international bodies including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC); scientific evidence regarding the risk of COVID-19 in school children and staff; the experience of other countries that have not closed, or have reopened, their schools; our own experience having reopened childcare settings and summer camps since June; and evidence regarding the importance of school for the overall health and wellbeing of children.


    International evidence shows us that child-to-child and child-to-adult transmission of COVID-19 in schools is uncommon. In addition, our own experience to date in Ireland, and indeed that reported internationally, demonstrates that for the overwhelming majority of children who are diagnosed with COVID-19, their symptoms will be mild.


    The importance of schools for the overall health and wellbeing of children cannot be overstated, and the risk of COVID-19 has been carefully weighed against the very real harm that can be caused by sustained school closures. Schools play a fundamental role in the social life of children; they are where children are educated, make friends, share interests, learn social skills like self-confidence and empathy, and participate in sport and cultural activities.


    Of course, as we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic, there are no zero risk options for reopening schools or indeed any other environment; the aim, therefore, is to reopen in as safe a way as possible by ensuring that all appropriate public health measures such as physical distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene are implemented where appropriate. 


    Schools are at the heart of our communities and the best way to protect them is to keep the level of COVID-19 in the community low. As parents and guardians, you can play a key role in this, both through your own actions and through the influence that you have on your family and friends. If all of us continue to make small changes to the way we live, we can - together - starve this virus of opportunities to transmit.


    While it is okay to send your child to school or childcare if they only have a runny nose or a sneeze, if you have any concerns that your child has symptoms of COVID-19 - fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell – then please keep them at home until you have spoken with your GP by phone. Lots more information is available at gov.ie/backtoschool and hse.ie.


    There will be cases of COVID-19 among children over the coming days and weeks, as there have been throughout this pandemic to date. But when this happens our public health teams in the HSE will respond and liaise closely with the school involved and ensure that all necessary measures are taken to protect other students and school staff.

    Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all you have done to keep your family and our communities safe over the past seven months. I also want to thank all teachers, principals and school staff who have worked so hard to ensure that our schools are ready to reopen – it is just one more example of the incredible solidarity that has defined the way in which people all across the country have come together to play their part in getting us through this pandemic.


    Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health.






  • Gardai and public health officials are appealing to the public to reduce social contacts this Easter weekend, to further reduce the impact of Covid-19.

    Gardai say the current public health guidelines - including the 5km travel limit - remain in place over Easter, and Gardai will continue to implement checkpoints over the weekend to support the public health regulations, as well as patrolling at public amenities.

    The Deputy Chief Medical Officer has appealed to anyone planning on meeting up with others against health advice this Easter, to do so outside.

    However, two households aren't allowed to meet up outside until April 12th.

    It comes as a further 411 new cases and 6 deaths were reported from the virus yesterday.

    This includes 19 new cases in Galway, 14 in Mayo and 5 in Roscommon.

    272 people with the disease were in hospitals last night, while there's 64 in ICU.

    Dr Ronan Glynn says there is a critical window over the next 8 weeks where any significant increase in close contact is likely to lead to a significant 4th wave of infection, in the range of that experienced in January.

    The Deputy CMO says we can be optimistic for an enjoyable Summer ahead, but in the meantime, we have to continue to work together to prevent a further wave of infection as we accelerate vaccination across society.

    Dr Ronan Glynn says that,  if people are mixing in the coming days, they should avoid doing so indoors....

  • Three more people have died of Covid-19 in the Republic and  324 new cases were confirmed this evening.

    167 are in Dublin, 42 are in Donegal and 34 are in Cork, while in this region, 6 more cases have been confirmed in Co Roscommon.

    Dr Ronan Glynn, acting Chief Medical Officer, says doctors are coming across more cases arising from people who are close contacts of confirmed cases, but not restricting their movements.