Saturday, August 01, 2020

The number of Covid-19 cases in Waterford remains at 166, according to figures released by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) this evening.

Meanwhile, no new Covid-19 deaths have been reported to the HSPC, meaning the total of Covid-related deaths nationwide stands at 1,763.

As of midnight Friday, July 31, the HPSC has been notified of 45 confirmed new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total of confirmed cases in the Republic to 26,109.

Of the cases made known today,

* Some 23 are men while 22 are women

* Seventy-seven per cent (77%) are under 45 years of age (50% aged 25- 44 years)

* Nine cases are located in Limerick, 8 in Kildare, 7 in Mayo, 6 in Cavan, 4 in Dublin with the remainder spread across 5 other counties.

* Eighteen (18) are associated with outbreaks or close contacts of a confirmed case while

* Twelve (12) cases have been identified as community transmission.

Regionally, cases in Tipperary (545), Kilkenny (357) and Wexford (224) all increased by one while there was no change reported in Carlow (179).

The HSE is now working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Said Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn: “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.”

Dr Glynn continued: “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.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of the coronavirus in the community.

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