69 more Covid cases

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed that 5 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died. There has now been a total of 1,768 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Wednesday 5th August, the HPSC has been notified of 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,372 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified on Thursday:

65% are under 45 years of age

39 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case

2 cases have been identified as community transmission

22 cases are located in Offaly, 19 in Kildare, 8 in Laois, 6 in Dublin, and 14 are spread across eight other counties (Clare, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Limerick, Louth, Meath and Wexford).

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.