Coronavirus: Covid cases in the Republic of Ireland “deeply worrying”

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The number of new coronavirus cases in the Republic of Ireland is “deeply worrying”, said the taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister).

Two hundred new cases were reported on Saturday – the highest number in a single day since the start of May.

Another 66 was confirmed on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 27,257.

Micheál Martin said this was an “evolving situation” and the government would monitor it closely.

He said he discussed the situation with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn.

Mr Martin made the comments in a tweet on Sunday.

RTÉ reports that 68 of the 200 cases reported on Saturday are linked to outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case, so the source of the infection is known.

But 25 are cases of community transmission whose source is not known.

The remaining 107 cases reported on Saturday are still under investigation.

‘This pandemic is not over’

On Saturday, Dr Glynn said there were now “several clusters with secondary spread of the disease and an increasing number of cases in many parts of the country”.

“This is deeply concerning,” he said, adding that the organization overseeing the coronavirus response in the country would be monitoring the situation “very closely over the next few days.”

The national public health emergency team will meet on Monday to review the increase in cases and all necessary recommendations will be made to the government, Dr Glynn added on Sunday.

“The gradual reopening of the country has given people the opportunity to meet again,” he said.

“However, some are doing it recklessly and undermining the efforts of the majority of people across the country who follow public health advice. It cannot continue.

“This pandemic is not over just because we are tired of living with it. “

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Micheál Martin said the Irish government was monitoring the situation closely


In the Republic of Ireland, the total number of cases is currently 27,257.

During his last reporting period, he recorded no deaths. There have been 1,774 deaths linked to Covid-19 in the country.

The number of hospital patients is now 16, an increase of two from Friday’s figure. Eight of these patients are in intensive care.

Meanwhile, 27 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.

That means there have been 288 new cases in the past seven days.

The NI’s Department of Health figure covers tests performed over a 24-hour period.

The ministry stopped posting updates to its online dashboard over the weekend earlier this summer.

These updates resumed from Saturday, but only for information on the number of tests performed and the proportion that came back positive.

No information was released on Saturday or Sunday regarding other deaths at NI, but that data will be released on Monday.

A total of 6,391 people have now tested positive for the coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The latest data released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) shows that the disease was on a total of 859 death certificates from people in Northern Ireland as of August 7.

The health ministry’s death toll on the same date (August 7) ​​was 556, more than 300 fewer.

Department statistics are calculated differently from Nisra and are based on a patient who previously tested positive for the virus.

However, the department’s toll has now risen to 558 after recording a death on August 8 and a new death of the patient under the age of 40 on Thursday August 13.



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