35 new Covid-19 cases reported, five relate to community transmission

35 new Covid-19 cases reported, five relate to community transmission

A total of 26,801 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have now been reported in Ireland since the beginning of the outbreak. Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has this evening confirmed that one new Covid-19 related death has been reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) today, bringing the total number of Covid-19 deaths reported since the beginning of the outbreak to 1,773.

Thirty-five new cases have been reported, five of which have been identified as community transmission.

Twenty-four of the cases reported this evening have been confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.

According to NPHET, six of the cases are in Carlow, five are in Clare, and the remaining 24 of the cases are in Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Meath, Offaly, Tipperary, Wexford.

A total of 26,801 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have now been reported in Ireland since the beginning of the outbreak.

Commenting on this evening’s figures, Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The number of confirmed cases notified to us daily is likely to rise and fall this week. It is important to look at the wider trends we see in this disease in Ireland for context, and not simply one day’s figures in isolation. It will be next week before we see if measures introduced last weekend in Kildare, Laois and Offaly have had the desired effect in suppressing Covid-19 in these areas and minimising community transmission.” 

Dr Glynn added: “We must remember that our focus as a society is on three national priorities - protecting public health and the most vulnerable, the resumption of non-COVID health services and the reopening of our schools. Every time you choose to avoid a crowd, keep 2m distance, wash your hands, wear a face covering and use the Covid Tracker App, you are making a vital contribution to this shared national effort.”

The latest local data shows 1,585 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Cork since the beginning of the outbreak.

A total of 27 of these cases were reported in July, 18 cases have been reported in Cork so far this month (up to August 9th).

It is now been two weeks since there has been a Covid-19 case at a hospital in Cork.

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