No further rise in Clare's COVID-19 cases

Coronavirus 85 new cases and

Public health officials are pleading with people to double down on their efforts to fight Covid-19 this bank holiday weekend.

Dr Glynn said that the next 24-48 hours will be crucial in seeing whether this sharp rise in figures is a "blip", or part of a trend of increased cases.

26 of the cases are in Kildare, 18 in Dublin, 11 in Clare, nine in Laois, seven in Limerick and four in Meath.

Speaking at Thursday's Covid-19 briefing at the Department of Health, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn explained that a cluster of the virus emerged in a meat processing plant in Kildare that was shut last Friday.

The cases are among 85 new cases reported across the country, the highest figure in over two months.

Earlier, the HSE confirmed that a number of cases have been detected among a cluster of individuals in the Ennis area.

"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".

Eight new cases of the disease have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to 5,938.

1,763 people have died as a result of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

However, an additional 38 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were confirmed overnight, bringing the total across Ireland to 26,065.

He said that a Public Health team had been on the ground since, and all staff members were tested.

"Mass testing has now taken place in relation to a number of known outbreaks", Dr Ronan Glynn said.

For Covid-19, the World Health Organization says that data to date suggests that 80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic; 15% are severe infection, requiring oxygen and 5% are critical, requiring ventilation. "Protect our health service by following public health advice and stay safe from Covid-19".

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