There has been a massive increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the Republic, with 200 new cases confirmed today – however no further deaths have been reported.
Six of the cases reported today are in Galway – the highest daily increase in new cases in the county for over two months.
In the previous 12 days, there were just three new cases, and there were just 15 positive test results in Galway during June and July.
The total number of cases in the county now stands at 507, less than 2% of the total in the Republic.
Today’s increase in cases means the total number of cases in the State is now 27,191, while the number of deaths remains 1,774.
Of today’s cases, 103 are men and 96 are women, while 68% are under 45 years of age.
Fifty-six cases are in Dublin, 81 in Kildare, 13 in Tipperary, 8 in Limerick, 6 in Galway, 6 Laois, 5 in Kilkenny, 5 in Meath and the rest of the 20 cases are in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Louth, Mayo, Offaly, Roscommon, Waterford and Wicklow.
Speaking this evening, Dr Ronan Glynn said: “This is the largest number of cases in a single day since the beginning of May.
“We now have multiple clusters with secondary spread of disease and rising numbers of cases in many parts of the country. This is deeply concerning. NPHET will monitor this extremely closely over the coming days.
“This virus is still out there and has not gone away. COVID-19 seeks to capitalise on complacency and is just waiting for the opportunity to spread.
“I am asking everyone, especially those who are over 70 or medically vulnerable, to limit your contacts, keep your distance from other people and take extra care to heed public health advice.”