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Coronavirus: Almost 1,500 New Cases Confirmed

Tony Holohan says testing of asymptomatic close contacts will also no longer be necessary in schools.

There are 1,459 new confirmed cases of Covid-19. 

According to the Department of Health the number of patients in hospital has risen by 14 to 296 people in hospital.

65 patients are in ICU.

Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Officer says contact tracing of close contacts in primary schools and childcare facilities will no longer be needed from tomorrow.

Tony Holohan says testing of asymptomatic close contacts will also no longer be necessary in these facilities.

He says children aged 12 or under who are close contacts and are asymptomatic won't have to routinely restrict their movements either.

He says despite the increased testing, there has only been a relatively modest increase in the detection of cases in the school going age group.

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