Eighteen of the 38 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Ireland this evening are from County Kildare.
The HSPC was notified of 38 confirmed cases of Covid-19 nationwide. There is now a total of 26,065 confirmed cases of the virus in Ireland.
The recent spike in Kildare cases reported is believed to be linked, at least in part, to outbreaks at the Irish Dog Foods plant in Naas and at the Eyre Powell direct provision centre in Newbridge. Some 44 cases have been reported in County Kildare over the last two days.
There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. There has now been a total of 1,763 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.
Of today’s 38 cases: 22 are males and 16 females with a median age of 30. 26 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of confirmed cases.
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. The National Public Health Emergency Team will continue to monitor this situation closely over the coming days.”
A survey of GPs has indicated that the vast majority of patients who had contacted them with Covid-like symptoms in the past week had not been self-isolating since the onset of their symptoms.
Dr. Ronan Glynn said; “The importance of isolating as soon as you have any flu like symptoms cannot be overstated. Without this individual action we simply will not break the chains of transmission and we will put many people at risk of infection.
“It is important that people know that there is no charge for GP or testing services relating to Covid-19. Please do not hesitate to contact your GP if you have any concerns.
“This weekend, the six key things people need to do are limit the size of your network and 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.”