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Coronavirus: 32 further cases announced today – the highest figure in a month

There were no new deaths of people with Covid-19 and 32 new cases reported in the State by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on Tuesday.

Today’s announcement of 32 new cases is the highest daily figure recorded in over a month.

Locally, however, there has been no new confirmed cases in Laois, meaning that there hasn’t been a new case of the virus in the county in 22 days.

There has been a total of 1,746 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland and a total of 25,670 confirmed cases.

As of midnight Monday 13th July, 523,277 tests have been carried out. Over the past week, 49,264 tests were carried out. 157 tests were positive, giving a positivity rate of 0.3%.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Knowing the symptoms of COVID-19 and making contact with your GP immediately is a crucial component to us identifying and containing this disease.

“Symptoms associated with COVID-19 can be similar to other common ailments. I would urge anyone experiencing symptoms to assume it is COVID-19, in the first instance, until a GP or test tells you otherwise.

Meanwhile Taoiseach Micheal Martin has warned that house parties are an issue in the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the State.

Mr Martin told the Dáil that during a conversation with acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn, concerns were raised about the increase of coronavirus cases in recent weeks. He said that congregated indoor settings where up to 30 or 40 people gather in a house are a concern.

The Taoiseach also said that following the NPHET meeting on Tuesday, the Government will meet on Wednesday to consider its advice and discuss international travel. The Government is expected to agree on a “green list” of countries to where people can travel.

Mr Martin said that while there has been “a lot of commentary” around the number of American tourists arriving in Ireland, information from the Department of Transport suggests that the numbers are quite low.

He said: “From the outset of the pandemic, travel has never been banned officially. “I’ve been speaking to the chief medical officer, there are concerns in terms of increases in the number of Covid cases over the last fortnight.

“Congregated indoor settings is presenting a problem — 30 or 40 people in the house, for example at house parties, is an issue.”

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