BREAKING: 8 new cases of Covid-19 in Limerick; 200 new cases nationwide

BREAKING: 8 new cases of Covid-19 in Limerick; 200 new cases nationwide

THERE are eight new cases of Covid-19 in Limerick, it has emerged this Saturday evening.

While there are no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre for Ireland today, the HPSC has been notified of 200 more confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country. This represents the largest number of cases in a single day since the beginning of May and is "deeply concerning" according to medical experts.

According to the Covid Tracker App there have now been 641 Covid-19 cases in Limerick to date.

Of the cases notified today;

56 in Dublin, 81 in Kildare, 13 in Tipperary, 8 in Limerick, 6 Laois, 6 in Galway, 5 in Kilkenny, 5 in Meath and the rest of the 20 cases are in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Louth, Mayo, Offaly, Roscommon, Waterford, Wicklow. 

103 are men / 96 are women
68% are under 45 years of age
68 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
25 cases have been identified as community transmission

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “This is the largest number of cases in a single day since the beginning of May. We now have multiple clusters with secondary spread of disease and rising numbers of cases in many parts of the country. This is deeply concerning. NPHET will monitor this extremely closely over the coming days.”

“This virus is still out there and has not gone away. Covid-19 seeks to capitalise on complacency and is just waiting for the opportunity to spread. I am asking everyone, especially those who are over 70 or medically vulnerable, to limit your contacts, keep your distance from other people and take extra care to heed public health advice.”

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 is now a total of 27,191 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. 

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