No new deaths as 38 new COVID-19 cases reported

The news follows 85 new COVID-19 cases being reported on Thursday evening

This evening the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has reported no new deaths related to COVID-19, leaving the COVID-19 death tally in Ireland standing at 1,763.

As of midnight on Thursday, July 30 the HPSC has been notified of 38 new cases of COVID-19.

This brings the total amount of COVID-19 cases in Ireland recorded to date to 26,065.

The news follows one further death being reported on Thursday as 85 new cases were recorded.

Of todays 38 cases;

  • 22 males/ 16 females

  • Median age 30 years

  • 82% are under 45 years of age

  • 32 cases are located in Dublin or Kildare

  • 26 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of confirmed cases

Over the past two days, a total of 123 cases have been reported. Of these;

  • 84 cases are linked to known outbreaks or are close contacts of other confirmed cases.

  • At least 19 cases have been identified as community transmission while 20 cases remain under investigation

  • 44 cases are located in Kildare, 33 in Dublin, 11 in Clare, 10 in Laois, 8 in Limerick and the remaining 17 are located across 10 counties.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: Mass testing has now taken place in relation to a number of known outbreaks.

We may be beginning to see more cases which we cannot link to outbreaks or close contacts."

A recent survey of GP's indicates a vast majority of those reporting COVID-like symptoms in the last week had not been self-isolating since their symptoms began.

Dr. Ronan Glynn stressed the importance of self-isolating as soon as a person experiences flu-like symptoms.

He added that there is no charge for GP or testing services related to COVID-19.

He said: This weekend, the six key things people need to do are limit the size of your network & time you spend with them, keep your distance, meet up outside if possible, wash your hands, wear a face covering and download the COVID Tracker App.