Covid-19 latest: Highest daily rise in infections since May but 10 days with no reported deaths 

Covid-19 latest: Highest daily rise in infections since May but 10 days with no reported deaths 

There were no further deaths linked to the virus reported on Tuesday, with the toll since the outbreak began remaining at 1,777.

Ireland has recorded its highest daily rise in coronavirus infections since May, with 217 new cases reported in 24 hours.

There were no further deaths linked to the virus reported on Tuesday, with the toll since the outbreak began remaining at 1,777.

The 217 new cases reported on Tuesday brings to 29,025 the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ireland.

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn acknowledged the daily total was "substantial".

However, he highlighted that the rolling average remained relatively stable.

"While the number of cases today is the highest daily reported figure since May, the five day moving average remains relatively stable at 115 cases per day," he said.

"However, this is still a substantial number of cases and I urge everyone to double down on their efforts now - wash hands regularly, physically distance from others, wear face coverings where appropriate, avoid crowded areas, know the symptoms, isolate and contact your GP if you have any concerns.

"Please continue to reduce your social contacts so that the virus does not get the opportunity to spread further."

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar highlighted that Ireland had gone 10 days without notification of another Covid-19 death.

"217 positive tests for Covid reported today but 10 days with no reported deaths," he tweeted.

"Similar pattern across Europe. Second wave of cases started months ago but at this point there's no significant second wave of illness, hospitalisation or death."

The latest figures were published a day after a localised lockdown in Co Kildare was lifted.

Of the cases notified on Tuesday, 70% were under 45 years of age Just over half were associated with an outbreak or were close contacts of a confirmed case. A total of 19 cases were contracted by community transmission.

In regard to geographic breakdown, 103 cases were in Dublin, 25 in Kildare, 17 in Limerick, 17 in Tipperary, seven in Waterford, seven in Wicklow, six in Clare, five in Louth, with the remaining 30 are located in Carlow, Cavan, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Westmeath and Wexford.

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