Suppress the virus to protect the front line nurses and doctors - latest Covid-19 deaths and infections published

Conor Ganly

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Another person has died in Ireland after contracting Covid-19 while the number of people infected is again in double figures.

In its daily pandemic statement, the  National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) said the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) has today been informed that one person with COVID-19 has died. There has now been a total of 1,754 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Tuesday, July 21, the HPSC has been notified of 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 25,819 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

On a day when a doctor died in Dublin after contracting the virus, Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said difficult steps will suppress the deadly disease and help others fighting the disease.

“I appreciate how difficult it is for people to limit their social activities and to physically distance from friends and loved ones.

“These actions are vital to our collective effort to suppress this highly infectious disease as we work towards reopening our schools and our healthcare services, and to protect our healthcare workers who have been at the frontline of this pandemic over the past six months,” he said.

Eight health workers have died from Covid-19 in Ireland. In total, 8,355 people who work in hospitals and other healthcare settings have tested positive. Of these 3,340 were treated in hospital with 438 admitted to ICUs. 

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.