Today the HPSC confirms a further 38 cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 26,065.
No further deaths are being reported today.
Statement from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre:
There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.
There has now been a total of 1,763 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Thursday 30th July, the HPSC has been notified of 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,065 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.
Of today’s 38 cases;
- 22 males/ 16 females
- Median age 30 years
- 82% are under 45 years of age
- 32 cases are located in Dublin or Kildare
- 26 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of confirmed cases
Over the past two days a total of 123 cases have been reported. Of these;
- 84 cases are linked to known outbreaks or are close contacts of other confirmed cases.
- At least 19 cases have been identified as community transmission while 20 cases remain under investigation
- 44 cases are located in Kildare, 33 in Dublin, 11 in Clare, 10 in Laois, 8 in Limerick and the remaining 17 are located across 10 counties.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Mass testing has now taken place in relation to a number of known outbreaks.
“We may be beginning to see more cases which we cannot link to outbreaks or close contacts. The National Public Health Emergency Team will continue to monitor this situation closely over the coming days.”
A survey of GP’s has indicated that the vast majority of patients who had contacted them with COVID-like symptoms in the past week had not been self-isolating since the onset of their symptoms.
Dr. Ronan Glynn said; “The importance of isolating as soon as you have any flu like symptoms cannot be overstated. Without this individual action we simply will not break the chains of transmission and we will put many people at risk of infection.
“It is important that people know that there is no charge for GP or testing services relating to COVID-19. Please do not hesitate to contact your GP if you have any concerns.
“This weekend, the six key things people need to do are limit the size of your network & time you spend with them, keep your distance, meet up outside if possible, wash your hands, wear a face covering and download the COVID Tracker App.”
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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