Spike in new cases of Covid-19 revealed as more than 500,000 download contact app

Conor Ganly

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Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly launches new contract tracing app

Another person has died in Ireland after being infected with Covid-19 while there has been a spike in the number of new cases on the day health authorities launched a new smartphone to help limit the spread.

The daily statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team says the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) has today, July 7, been informed that 1 person with COVID-19 has died.

There has now been a total of 1,742 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Monday, July 6, the HPSC has been notified of 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 25,538* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, encouraged people to download the new tracing app.

“As of 5pm this evening, the Covid Tracker App had approximately 545,000 downloads. This is one more example of the solidarity and collective spirit that has characterised the Irish public’s response to COVID-19 to date.

“The app is an important tool to support our contact tracing systems. It has the potential to reduce the time that people are active in the community with infection, which will have a significant impact on the transmission of the disease.

“The more people who download and use this app, the more effective it will be. It is a further opportunity for us to play our part in the response to COVID-19,” he said.

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 17 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,538 confirmed cases reflects this.