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Coronavirus: One Death, 85 New Cases Reported Today

National news updates on Thursday 30th July.

Latest figures:

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 1 patient diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland has died.

There has now been a total of 1,763* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Wednesday 29th July, the HPSC has been notified of 85 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,027 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

10 of those cases are in the midlands, bringing the region's total to 1,446.

Laois' total has jumped by nine, to 280, and Westmeath's by one 679.

The number of confirmed cases in Offaly remains unchanged on 487.

Of the cases notified today;

53 cases are men / 32 are women

68% are under 45 years of age

26 cases are located in Kildare, 18 in Dublin, 11 in Clare, 9 in Laois, 7 in Limerick, 4 in Meath and the remainder are spread across 7 other counties.

39% of today’s cases are associated with close contacts of a confirmed case

Half are associated with outbreaks

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

The National Public Health Emergency Team met today (Thursday 30th July) to review Ireland’s response and preparedness to COVID-19.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Today’s figures demonstrate how quickly COVID-19 can remerge in our country.

“We are now at a crucial point in our response to COVID-19. Over the coming days it is vital that everyone continues to avoid large crowds, physically distance, wear face coverings where appropriate and wash hands regularly.

“COVID-19 is extremely infectious and no one is immune. Follow public health advice and stay vigilant.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “Over a two-day period Ireland moved from a relatively stable epidemiology to a significant pattern connected to outbreaks. We now need to be really careful and adhere to public health advice so we do not further spread the virus. We must remain vigilant to the disease if we are to control it at this point.”

Dr Siobhan Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and Integrated Care Lead, HSE; “In order to maintain health services in areas outside of COVID-19, suppression of the disease in the community is paramount. By protecting yourself from the disease you are contributing to a patient’s ability to access other services. Protect our health service by following public health advice and stay safe from COVID-19.”

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

Building sites:

An infectious disease expert claims construction sites aren't getting enough help to implement coronavirus guidelines. 

Three Dublin building sites have seen workers test positive for Covid-19.

Dr Jack Lambert from the Mater Hospital is calling for health officials to offer face to face support to businesses and schools.

Latest figures show 14 more cases of Covid-19 but no new deaths in the Republic.

Dr Lambert says handing managers a sheet of paper with a list of rules just doesn't cut it:

Pup:

85 people who travelled abroad may have incorrectly had their Pandemic Unemployment Payment stopped.

The Department of Social Protection says it has completed a review of all 2,500 cases where the payment was cut.

The department said it will be contacting the 85 individuals directly in the coming days to verify these cases.

Virus:

An infectious disease expert says the even the most intelligent builders in the world don't have the skills to implement Coronavirus guidelines without help.

Three Dublin building sites have seen workers test positive for Covid-19.

Dr. Jack Lambert from the Mater Hospital is calling for health officials to offer face to face support to businesses and schools.

Latest figures from the Department of Health show 14 more cases of Covid-19 but no new deaths in the Republic.

Dr. Lambert says handing managers a sheet of paper with a list of rules just doesn't cut it:

Pubs:

22 more pubs have been found to potentially be in breach of Covid-19 regulations.

Members of the Gardai are continuing to conduct spot checks on licensed premises as part of Operation Navigation.

Gardai say the vast majority of licensed premises are compliant with Covid-19 guidelines.

However, spot checks carried out between July 20th and July 26th found that 22 pubs were potentially in breach of the rules.

80 premises in total were found to be in breach since Operation Navigation began on July 3rd.

In the vast majority of those cases customers were found consuming alcohol where there is no evidence of food being ordered or consumed.

Such evidence could for example, be provided in the form of a receipt.

Deputy Commissioner John Twomey says he's delighted to see that most pubs are following the rules, however a small minority aren't adhering to the regulations still.

Those guidelines are in place until August 10th, when the Government will decide either to change them, or extend them for another period of time.

Local figures:

Four of those cases are in the midlands - Laois has recorded an increase of three, bringing the county's total to 271, while Westmeath has also increased to 678 after one new case.

No further cases have been reported in Offaly, leaving the total there on 487.

The region's total now stands at 1,436. 

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