IRELAND HAS experienced an alarming rise in daily Covid-19 cases as 85 new cases were identified in a 24 hour period.
Yesterday evening, Thursday 30 July at 6.30pm, the Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) announced that there had been an additional 85 new cases and one further death confirmed within the community.
The new figures represents Ireland's highest daily rise in cases in over 10 weeks, since 115 cases were recorded on 22 May.
The 85 cases are spread around the country, with 26 identified in Kildare, 18 in Dublin, 11 in Clare, 9 in Laois, 7 in Limerick, 4 in Meath and the remainder in 7 other counties.
68% of the new cases are in people under the age of 45, and 39% are associated with close contacts of a confirmed case.
Half are associated with outbreaks in the community.
The 85 new cases brings to 26,027 the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ireland; the announcement of one sad passing brings the number of virus-related deaths to 1,763.
The HSE is working rapidly to identify and close contacts the patients may have had, in order to advise them and slow the spread of the virus.
Acting Chief Medical Officer says the new figures "demonstrate how quickly Covid-19 can re-emerge in our country.
"We are now at a crucial point in our response to Covid-19. Over the coming days it is vital that everyone continues to avoid large crowds, physically distance, wear face coverings where appropriate and wash hands regularly.
“COVID-19 is extremely infectious and no one is immune. Follow public health advice and stay vigilant."