As of midnight on Thursday 30 July, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been notified of 38 confirmed cases of Covid-19 – 32 are located in Kildare or Dublin and 26 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of confirmed cases. There is now a total of 26,065 confirmed cases of the virus in Ireland.
The figures show that, over the past two days, a total of 123 cases have been reported with 44 of those located in Kildare.
Meanwhile, there have been no new deaths reported to the HPSC today.
“Mass testing has now taken place in relation to a number of known outbreaks,” said Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health.
He warned that “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 GPs 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 Glynn added that “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 and 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.”