Today the HPSC confirms a further 85 cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 26,027.
One further death is being reported today.
Statement from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre:
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 1 patient diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland has died.
There has now been a total of 1,763* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Wednesday 29th July, the HPSC has been notified of 85 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,027 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 53 cases are men / 32 are women
- 68% are under 45 years of age
- 26 cases are located in Kildare, 18 in Dublin, 11 in Clare, 9 in Laois, 7 in Limerick, 4 in Meath and the remainder are spread across 7 other counties.
- 39% of today’s cases are associated with close contacts of a confirmed case
- Half are associated with outbreaks
The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.
The National Public Health Emergency Team met today (Thursday 30th July) to review Ireland’s response and preparedness to COVID-19.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Today’s figures demonstrate how quickly COVID-19 can remerge in our country.
“We are now at a crucial point in our response to COVID-19. Over the coming days it is vital that everyone continues to avoid large crowds, physically distance, wear face coverings where appropriate and wash hands regularly.
“COVID-19 is extremely infectious and no one is immune. Follow public health advice and stay vigilant.”
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “Over a two-day period Ireland moved from a relatively stable epidemiology to a significant pattern connected to outbreaks. We now need to be really careful and adhere to public health advice so we do not further spread the virus. We must remain vigilant to the disease if we are to control it at this point.”
Dr Siobhan Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and Integrated Care Lead, HSE; “In order to maintain health services in areas outside of COVID-19, suppression of the disease in the community is paramount. By protecting yourself from the disease you are contributing to a patient’s ability to access other services. Protect our health service by following public health advice and stay safe from COVID-19.”
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for getting COVID-19:
· Distance – the risk of getting COVID-19 increases as the distance between you and others gets smaller. Keep 2 metres apart where possible
· Activity – How you spend time with people and what you do with them can increase your risk. Follow the government’s Stay Safe Guidelines when spending time with others
· Time – The more time you spend in close contact with other people can increase your risk of getting COVID-19. Keep track of who you spend time with and how
· Environment – Being outdoors is safer than being indoors. Where possible, meet with others outdoors. If this is not possible, keep windows and doors open when meeting others inside
· Symptoms – Know the symptoms. If you have them self-isolate and contact your GP immediately
Public Health Advice for all citizens available here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/cf9b0d-new-public-health-measures-effective-now-to-prevent-further-spread-o/
Know the symptoms of COVID-19
· a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
· shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
· flu like symptoms
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