Nine deaths confirmed and seven new cases reported

Keep your distance: Continue to remain vigilant in public

NINE additional deaths and seven more cases of Covid-19 were reported by Department of Health officials this Thursday bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,763 and the confirmed number of infections to 25,826.

All but one of the deaths were late reported fatalities dating back to April, May and June.

For the eighth consecutive day, no new case has been reported in Kerry where the number of people who have contracted the virus remains at 316.

Department of Health Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said concerns about worrying trends in the progression of Covid-19 had been expressed two weeks ago but, collectively, people have responded to the call for action and chains of transmission have been broken.

“This is a further demonstration of the power of people working together and rising to the continued challenge of this unprecedented pandemic. What we need now is to hold firm and keep up the good work,” he said.

Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, Professor Philip Nolan, added: “This novel virus is still with us and it only needs our complacency to spread widely once again as it wants to do”.

He added: “This is a long game. As we head into the weekend and beyond, we must continue to remain vigilant in order to keep this progress up.”

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