LATEST: Covid-19 cases spike in several counties but numbers low in Laois

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LATEST: Covid-19 cases spike in several counties but numbers low in Offaly and Laois

LATEST: Covid-19 cases spike in several counties but numbers low in Offaly and Laois

There has been a spike in confirmed cases of Covid-19 in a number of counties but there has only been a small increase in Laois and Offaly.

As of midnight Wednesday, August 12, the HPSC has been notified of 92 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,929 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the 92 cases there were 24 in Dublin, 24 in Kildare, eight in Limerick, six in Carlow, six in Kilkenny, five in Meath, five in Clare, and remaining 14 cases are in Cork, Donegal, Kerry, Laois, Louth, Monaghan, Offaly, Waterford and Wicklow.

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

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has now been a total of 1,774 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

43 are men / 48 are women
72% are under 45 years of age
43 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
12 cases have been identified as community transmission

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We expected that this week the daily figures we report would rise and fall. NPHET is closely monitoring all trends, patterns and changes in the data, including not just case numbers but locations, age groups, and sources of transmission."

“We are asking those in Kildare, Laois and Offaly to hold firm and stay with us in the measures introduced last weekend. As today’s figures show, cases are also occurring in several other counties around the country. This is still about a united, whole of country approach. The only way we can effectively suppress COVID-19 across Ireland in the long term is if we act together to protect each other.

“Living with COVID-19 has undoubtedly been difficult and this pandemic has adversely impacted on people in many different ways. We know that what the public health advice asks you to do can be difficult, but we are asking you to stay the course with it.

“Individual actions break the chains of transmission of this virus. Avoiding crowded places, limiting your social contacts, working from home where possible, not attending house parties, keeping 2m distance, washing your hands and wearing a face covering - all of these safe behaviours matter, and all of them add up to make a significant difference.”