Covid-19 is 'accelerating across Europe' - warns Ireland's chief medical officer

Grant Boone
August 1, 2020

He said: "Today may be a blip associated with a number of specific clusters, or it may be a sign of something more significant" adding that "as we go into a bank holiday weekend, it's really important that people remember the basic messages".

Pub lobby groups have called on the Irish government to release guidelines that will allow them to reopen safely, after their previous reopening date was delayed due to an increase in coronavirus cases earlier this month.

Dr Glynn said that at least 18 of the cases are linked to a Covid-19 cluster at a factory in County Kildare.

ACTING Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn has warned that Covid-19 is "accelerating across Europe" and that he hopes Ireland can avoid a "similar scenario".

The usual county by county breakdown figures given by the the department do not reflect today's rise, as those cases are counted two days previously, and so are from Tuesday July 27.

A small number of cases reported today are associated with the construction industry, and there are four clusters in private households and extended families.

It brings the total to 26,027, while another patient has died, meaning the death toll now stands at 1,763.

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has this evening reported a major spike of 85 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland in the past 24 hours.

Over the weekend, he urged people to limit the size of their interactions, meet up outside, wash your hands, and wear a face covering.

There have no been a total of 26,065 cases confirmed in the state, and the pandemic has claimed 1,763 lives. The remainder are spread across seven other counties.

"Mass testing has now taken place in relation to a number of known outbreaks. Follow public health advice and stay vigilant".

"Covid-19 is extremely infectious and no one is immune".

Mr Reid said there are now just six hospitals in the country with one case each.

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