67 new Covid-19 cases confirmed this evening

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 15, 2020

One previously confirmed cases has been denotified.

Health officials have revealed on Friday that a further 67 people in the Republic of Ireland have tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, there has been a large jump in cases in the North where 74 new cases were reported this afternoon, taking the total there to 6,299.

Some 70% of the new patients are under the age of 45.

Thirty eight are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case and 16 cases have been identified as community transmission.

Of that figure, 18 cases were in Dublin, 17 in Kildare, nine in Clare, five in Limerick, and the rest of the 18 cases are in Carlow, Cork, Donegal, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Tipperary, Wexford, Wicklow meaning that number of new cases in each of Offaly and Laois was either two or just one, the same as yesterday.

Health Minister Robin Swann has again warned of the need to comply with public health advice as he attributed a rise in positive cases to more people being out and about enjoying the sunny weather.

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer, said it is "crucial" to keep social contact at a minimum as cases have been increasing across the country.

Over 41,000 COVID-19 tests have been carried out in the past week with 1.4% coming back positive.

"We have seen cases rising all across the country this week".

He urged people to keep their social contacts low to limit the spread of this disease.

"We all have a responsibility to stop this".

That is a slight drop on the 1.7% rate that had been reported in recent days.

There are now 11 confirmed cases in Irish hospitals with eight people in intensive care.

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