LATEST: 147 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland including Laois

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

LATEST: 147 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland

Covid-19 figures in Ireland

There is no let up in the number of new Covid-19 cases in Ireland, with another 147 new cases confirmed this Monday, August 24, including at least another case in Laois.

As of midnight Sunday 23 August, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been notified of 147 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There is now a total of 28,116 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

There are no further deaths reported, with the death toll of people with the virus remaining at 1,777.

Of the cases notified today;

73 are in Dublin, 17 in Kildare, 12 in Offaly, 11 in Wicklow, 9 in Limerick and the remaining 25 cases are in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Laois, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Tipperary and Wexford.

In the latest figures available which refer to Saturday night, Laois had 373 cases, not including the new case(s) announced today.

In the 147 cases announced today:

80 are men / 67 are women
71% are under 45 years of age
60 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
14 cases have been identified as community transmission

The focus today is on children and their risk of spreading Covid-19 when school returns.

Children do not commonly transmit Covid-19, says Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health.

“Evidence from the ECDC and international experience to date suggests that children do not commonly transmit COVID-19 to other children or adults in school settings.

 “Internationally, where schools have been reopened, schools have not been a significant driver of community transmission.

 “We all have a role to play in keeping this virus at low levels – this is key to protecting our education system over the coming weeks.”

Dr. Cillian DeGascun is Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory.

“We know that children can get multiple respiratory tract infections over the winter period and as a result could require repeated swab tests. Therefore, NPHET, HSE and NVRL are continuing to assess alternative testing methods for children.”

Dr Siobhán Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and Integrated Care Lead HSE, said; “There will be cases in school aged children just as there have been throughout the pandemic. When these occur, our public health teams will lead the response to limit further transmission- as has been the case in other settings throughout this pandemic.”

Dr. Mary Favier, President of the Irish College of General Practitioners, said; “Parents should remain vigilant around symptoms and keep their children isolated at home if they are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu like symptoms, loss of taste or smell. Parents should also remain aware of asymptomatic transmission - like some adults, children may not present symptoms but can still carry the virus. If you have vulnerable people in your limited network, ensure physical distancing is adhered to and encourage regular hand washing habits with your child.”

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.