THERE was no increase in confirmed Covid-19 cases in Laois today, for the seventh successive day.
The county’s total remains at 265 or just 1% of all cases in Ireland, according to figures from the Department of Health this evening.
Only six new Covid-19 cases have been reported in Laois since the start of June. Laois is also among a small number of counties that have had fewer than ten cases a week for the past eight weeks.
There was good news nationally also, with no deaths from Covid-19 reported today. There were 24 new cases nationwide today, bringing the total to 25,462. The national death toll remains at 1,735.
However, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan sounded a warning about new clusters when the figures were announced this evening.
Dr Holohan said: “We are starting to see a worrying trend, with the number of reported cases increasing and some new clusters.
“As restrictions are lifted and people move about more, it’s important that we use the tools that have helped us suppress the virus to date.
“Hand washing, physical distancing, cough/sneeze hygiene and wearing face coverings are important personal behaviours that mean, as we go about our daily lives, that we are doing everything we can to avoid contracting the virus and spreading it to those we love.”
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: “Today we are reporting at least six cases associated with international travel. Many countries around the world are still experiencing high and increasing levels of this disease. Last week, there were over 1.1 million cases reported and there have now been over 10 million cases reported globally to date.
“The risk of imported cases remains high. It’s important that we continue to avoid all unnecessary travel at this time.”
Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health shows a further increase in the proportion of people who self-report wearing face coverings, now at 45%.
The nationally representative sample of 2,000 conducted today by the Department of Health reveals:
*53% of females and 36% of males self-report wearing face coverings
*Level of worry is increasing, with 49% believing the worst is behind us and 23% thinking it lies ahead
*64% still believe we will see a second wave, 25% now believing that we should introduce more restrictions, and 31% now feel that we are trying to return to normal too fast