THE NUMBER of coronavirus cases identified in Ireland has soared to over 30,000.
The grim milestone came yesterday evening as the Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, announced there had been a further 307 new cases identified within the community.
The number represents the highest daily rise in cases in Ireland since early May, and there have now been 30,080 confirmed cases of the virus in Ireland.
One more person was also announced to have died with the virus; the sad news come after Ireland experienced 17 days running with no deaths related to the disease.
1,778 people are not reported to have died as a result of contracting Covid-19.
According to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), of the 307 new cases, 73% have been identified in people younger than 45.
More than half of the cases were identified in Dublin, with 182 cases, followed by 25 in Kildare, 19 in Limerick, 15 in Wexford, 15 in Louth, 8 in Wicklow, 6 in Galway, 6 in Clare, 6 in Kilkenny and the remaining 25 cases in Cavan, Cork, Donegal, Kerry, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford and Westmeath.
Dr Glynn urged people to continue to follow public health advice, stating "do not underestimate the risks associated with any of your interactions, including with our family, friends or work colleagues.
"Now is not a time to let down your guard- assume that you or those that you meet may be infection and act accordingly.