45 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland
"This trend is clearly concerning."
There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.
As of midnight 31 July, the HPSC has been notified of 45 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
There is now a total of 26,109 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, taking into account the denotification of one confirmed case.
77% of the confirmed cases today are under 45 years of age and 50% occurred in those aged between 25 and 44.
Nine of the cases are located in Limerick, eight in Kildare, seven in Mayo, six in Cavan, four in Dublin and the remainder spread across 5 other counties.
Eighteen cases are associated with outbreaks or close contacts of a confirmed case while 12 are identified as community transmission.
The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “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.
“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.”