The Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronan Glynn this evening warned that "now is not a time to let down your guard” as the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) announced a significant rise in the number of Covid-19 cases reported nationally.
NPHET this evening confirmed that the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed that one person with Covid-19 has died, bringing the number of Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland to 1,778.
As of midnight on Monday 7th September, the HPSC has been notified of 307 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Of the cases notified today, the NPHET said 160 are men / 146 are women, 73% are under 45 years of age and 64% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.
A total of 72 cases have been identified as community transmission.
Of the cases, 182 are in Dublin, 25 in Kildare, 19 in Limerick, 15 in Wexford, 15 in Louth, 8 in Wicklow, 6 in Galway, 6 in Clare, 6 in Kilkenny and the remaining 25 cases are located in Cavan, Cork, Donegal, Kerry, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath.
“I urge everyone to follow the public health advice and keep your distance. Do not underestimate the risks associated with any of your interactions, including with your family, friends or work colleagues. Now is not a time to let down your guard – assume that you or those that you meet may be infectious and act accordingly,” Dr Glynn said.
A total of 30,080 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have now been reported in Ireland since the beginning of the pandemic.
In Cork, 1,662 cases have been reported this year (up to September 6) with 48 cases here reported in the last 14 days.