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COVID-19: Thirty-Five New Cases And One Further Death

Michael Staines
Michael Staines

05:59 11 Aug 2020


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Health officials have announced 35 new COVID-19 cases and one further death.

It takes the total number of cases in Ireland to 26,801 and the death toll to 1,773.

Five of the new cases were transmitted in the community in Ireland while 24 are associated with previous outbreaks of confirmed cases.

Six of the new cases were in Carlow, 5 were in Clare and the rest were distributed throughout Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Meath, Offaly, Tipperary, Wexford.

Some 71% of the new patients are under 45-years-old.

The acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said it is important to look at the case numbers over longer periods of time to understand what is happening in Ireland.

“The number of confirmed cases notified to us daily is likely to rise and fall this week,” he said.

“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.”

He said officials are focused on three main priorities – protecting public health, resuming non-COVID care and reopening schools.

“Every time you choose to avoid a crowd, keep two-metre 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,” he said.

Over 30,000 COVID-19 tests have been carried out in the past week, with 1.7% coming back positive.

There are currently 14 COVID-19 patients in hospital and seven in intensive care.


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