As of midnight Friday 31 July, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been notified of 45 confirmed cases of Covid-19; eight are located in Kildare.
18 are associated with outbreaks or close contacts of a confirmed case and 12 cases have been identified as community transmission. There is now a total of 26,109 confirmed cases of the virus in Ireland.
Meanwhile, there have been no new deaths reported to the HPSC today.
“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,” said Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. “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.”