LATEST: Covid-19 figures for Ireland released this Monday evening

Monday, July 20, 2020

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Covid-19 figures released this evening

Coronavirus

There have been no further deaths reported from Covid-19 in Ireland, while six new cases have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

There have now been a total of 1,753 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. There are now a total of 25,766 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country.

However the number is expected to rise tomorrow Tuesday to reflect the previous busy weekend, which was confirmed by Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn at this evening's press conference.

He said clusters develop quickly.

“We are now seeing outbreaks of the virus in a range of work settings, including in construction, in fast food outlets and in supermarkets. We can’t underestimate how quickly clusters develop. We have come so far together, but we need to stay vigilant to prevent a resurgence across the whole country in the coming weeks.

"Many workplaces have introduced the new regimes and safety measures necessary to reopen their businesses. I would remind all employers that the workplace and most particularly, shops, services and supermarkets, are the new front line, we are asking you to do everything you can to put the safety of your staff and customers first.

“With the increase in outbreaks in our communities, I would urge everyone to wear face coverings in healthcare settings and when shopping, including in the supermarket and other indoor retail services.”

Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, said; “Our healthcare workers have been at the front line since March and they deserve our best efforts to continue to minimise the spread of this virus.

“The impact of any increase in cases will be hard on healthcare workers, who have already given so much to keep us safe this year.

“Let’s reward their dedicated and unwavering service by holding firm on COVID-19.”

Laois GP Dr Sumi Dunne, ICGP, said: “COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease – it thrives in crowds. There is no blame in contracting the virus.

“Please stay alert and look out for common symptoms such as a cough or a high temperature. If you suspect you have the symptoms, isolate yourself from other people to contain the virus and come forward for testing by contacting your GP as quickly as possible.

“Testing helps us identify, isolate and contain the virus. It helps to keep the numbers low in our communities. If you haven’t done so already, download the COVID-19 Tracker App – it’s an easy way to keep track of your contacts.”

Dr Vida Hamilton, National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead, Acute Hospitals, HSE, said: “COVID-19 is such a new virus, there is no way to predict how unwell you will feel if you get it. Avoidance is always better than cure. Sticking to the fundamental public health advice is the key to suppressing this virus.

“Don’t underestimate how important it is to keep washing your hands, keep your distance from others, wear face coverings when in healthcare settings, in shops and on public transport, remember to use good cough/sneeze hygiene, these steps are vital to protecting everyone in the community, especially the most vulnerable.”

Over the past 14 days, the total number of confirmed cases notified to the HPSC is 270. Of which;

Males 43% / Females 57%
Median age is 34 years old; 69% of these cases were under 45 years of age
20 counties reported new cases; Dublin 55%, Kildare 10%, Cork 6%. All other counties were 5% or less

For the seventh consecutive day, no further coronavirus deaths were recorded in Northern Ireland, so the official death toll there remains at 556.

There were 23 new cases, including the weekend figures, taking the total number of cases to 5,857.