Tuesday, August 11, 2020

As of midnight on Monday 10 August, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been notified of 35 confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the total in Ireland to 26,801.

Of the cases notified today, six are located in Carlow, five in Clare, and the remaining 24 are in counties including Kildare, Dublin and Laois.

24 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case, and five cases have been identified as community transmission.

There has been one new death reported to the HPSC today – there has now been a total of 1,773 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

“The number of confirmed cases notified to us daily is likely to rise and fall this week. 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,” said Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health.

“We must remember that our focus as a society is on three national priorities – protecting public health and the most vulnerable, the resumption of non-Covid health services and the reopening of our schools. Every time you choose to avoid a crowd, keep 2m 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.”

Meanwhile, the Irish Times has reported that a ward at Naas General Hospital has been closed due to a suspected Covid-19 outbreak, with a number of staff currently self-isolating.

Hospital managers, it stated, were informed of the suspected outbreak in the 31-bed ward shortly after 4.30pm on Monday, and it’s believed that the source may have been a member of the hospital’s cleaning staff who tested positive in recent days.

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By Conor Forrest
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