Coronavirus: 1 additional death and 40 new Covid-19 cases in Republic

Kildare Chilling plant in Kildare town to suspend operations due to Covid-19

"The FAI urges all stakeholders to follow HSE guidelines in the battle against COVID-19".

An upsurge in cases that triggered localised restrictions in Kildare, Offaly and Laois have been linked to outbreaks among staff at meat processing sites and people living in direct provision accommodation.

An additional 35 cases of the disease were confirmed, bringing the overall tally to 26,801.

With an average of 75 new cases per day, Prof Nolan described this is as "a significant increase" on the outcomes in June and July.

329 cases (37%) were in Kildare, 150 cases (17%) in Dublin, 105 (12%) in Offaly, 70 (8%) in Laois and 40 (4%) in Limerick with 32 (3%) in Clare.

However, it would take a further dramatic surge of Covid-19 cases in Carlow to put it at a level comparable to our neighbours. The number of patients in hospitals has stopped declining, he stated with the average "hovering" between ten to thirteen with typically one new admission per day.

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said due to the nature of how this virus spreads, there can be a delay between when it seeds and when we see it emerge in our communities.

Further detail on the 40 cases announced has revealed that 75% are under the age of 45, 19 are associated with outbreaks or close contacts with a confirmed case while 13 are attributed to community transmission.

"When we ask you to follow public health measures and adhere to public health advice, it is with the sole aim of limiting this disease's opportunity to spread through this close contact. Every time you choose to avoid a crowd, keep 2m distance, wash your hands, wear a face covering and use the COVID Tracker App, you are making a vital contribution to this shared national effort". We would appeal to people who are referred for testing as close contacts to attend both tests.

"I think what Laois, Kildare and Offaly have shown is just how quickly this virus can spread and the need for us to be able to react to it quickly", Donnelly said. 204 people have tested positive in the last seven days.

Following a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the government is believed to be preparing the introduction of a colour-coded system to replace the phased approach to reopening business and society in Ireland.

Speaking about the new system, the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said "we would all recognise and be quite familiar with from weather warnings".

Other code colours will include red, orange and yellow to represent the level of safety in each area.



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