A WARNING note has been sounded by public health experts, following a small increase in Covid-19 cases over the past week.
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said this evening: “We have noticed an increase in the number of cases towards the end of last week. It is a trend that NPHET will continue to monitor closely.
“The reproductive number of the virus is now estimated to be closer to 1 than it has been in recent weeks. The R number is easily influenced by small changes to the transmission of the virus.”
National figures announced today report five deaths and 15 new cases of Covid-19. The death toll has reached 1,738, while total cases nationwide have reached 25,489 since the pandemic began.
There was no breakdown of figures for Laois and other counties this evening, as a county breakdown is no longer published on a daily basis.
Latest figures for Laois released on Tuesday showed that the county had only six new confirmed Covid-19 cases during the entire month of June. The county’s total remained at 265, or just 1% of cases nationwide.
Speaking today, chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said; “What has been a collective and effective national effort to suppress Covid-19 in Ireland now also becomes an individual mission. Every person must risk assess their own environments, make appropriate decisions about where they will go and who they will meet and how they can ensure their safety and the safety of those around them.
Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said that 60% of all Covid-19 cases worldwide have been reported in the past month. He said: “The transmission of the virus is accelerating globally. In order to limit the potential for a resurgence of the disease in Ireland, we all must continue to follow public health advice and take responsibility for our individual actions.”
National HSE clinical advisor Dr Vida Hamilton commented: “Due to the good practices of the public our ICUs were not overwhelmed. Although they were busy, every patient got the care they deserved. Some of us may have witnessed the reality of the frontlines in our hospitals on recent television documentaries. We should not lose sight of what is at risk and how fragile our systems are in the face of this pandemic. Please continue to follow public health advice.”