Communities in Laois and around Ireland must combat Covid-19 complacency as latest coronavirus pandemic figures revealed

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly

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Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn

Communities must continue to work against complacency to ensure Covid-19 does not regain a fatal foothold in Ireland, according to the doctor who is leading the fight against the pandemic in Ireland.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, issued the rallying call to communities around Ireland as the National Public Health Emergency Team issued its latest daily report on the virus. 

It said there were no deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has now been a total of 1,753 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

It added that as of midnight Saturday, July 18, the HPSC has been notified of 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 25,760 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

While the new infections have dropped compared to recent days, Dr Glynn, said people must remain alert.

“All it would take for COVID-19 to regain a foothold in our communities is complacency. As the pandemic accelerates around the world, we must remain vigilant here in Ireland. Every day, in our individual actions, we have the power to limit the spread of this virus. Our priority going forward has to be the reopening of schools and resumption of non-COVID-19 healthcare services – and every time we stay 2 metres apart, wash our hands, practice good respiratory etiquette and wear a face covering, we are working towards those shared goals together.”

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.