Saturday, August 01, 2020

There have been 45 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in the Republic, according to the Department of Health.

No new deaths have been reported, leaving the total number related to the virus at 1,763 in the State.

Of the new cases reported today, 77 percent are under 45 years of age, with half aged between 25 and 44.

18 of the new cases are associated with outbreaks or close contacts of a confirmed case.

Over the last five days we have seen an average of 44 cases a day. This trend is clearly concerning and now is the time to ensure you and your families are making every effort to keep each other safe.

12 of the new cases have been identified as community transmission. Of the total, nine are located in Limerick, eight in Kildare, seven in Mayo, six in Cavan, four in Dublin with the remainder spread across five other counties.

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: “Over the last five days we have seen an average of 44 cases a day. This trend is clearly concerning and now is the time to ensure you and your families are making every effort to keep each other safe.

“Ensure gatherings are kept to a minimum and invite no more than 10 others into your home. Do not organise or attend house parties.

“Restaurants must enforce a limit of 50 people, including staff, on their premises at any one time. All workplaces should again review their procedures and protocols.

“Avoid congregated settings or environments where safety precautions are not in place. Wash your hands regularly, carry hand sanitizer and wear a face covering where appropriate. Ensure you isolate immediately if you experience any flu like symptoms. It is our individual action that will stop the spread.”

123 new cases of the virus were confirmed in the 48 hours prior to the latest figures. The median age of those cases was 30, while 82 per cent were under 45 years of age.

It comes as a new survey of GPs found the majority of patients who contacted them with symptoms within the last week had not self-isolated.

There have now been a total of 26,109 confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported in the Republic.

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