BREAKING: Small increase in Covid-19 cases in Limerick as 164 reported nationally

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

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THERE has been a small increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Limerick this Wednesday evening as 164 have been reported across the country.

93 are in Dublin, 22 in Kildare, 10 in Tipperary, 9 in Cork, 8 in Carlow, 6 in Waterford, 6 in Offaly and the remaining 10 cases are in Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth and Roscommon. 

There is now a total of 28,363 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. 

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. There has been a total of 1,777 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today: 83 are men / 81 are women. 65% are under 45 years of age. 80 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case. 21 cases have been identified as community transmission.

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

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "We have seen a significant number of cases in Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary, Limerick, Cork and Carlow over the past number of days. I would urge people everywhere to follow the public health advice and reduce mixing of households where at all possible. 

"As we head into autumn when people are more likely to have cold or flu-like symptoms please do not adopt a wait and see approach. The greatest protection you can give your family and friends is to isolate as soon as you have any symptoms and contact your GP by phone. Remember, there should be no charge for either a consultation with your GP nor for a Covid-19 test should you require one."

The Covid-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of Covid-19 in the community.