Ireland reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases since early May

Ireland reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases since early May

The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dublin
FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past a window displaying a religious statue of the Virgin Mary as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Dublin, Ireland, April 28, 2020. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

DUBLIN: Ireland on Saturday reported 174 new cases of COVID-19, by far the highest number of infections since May and up from 98 on Friday (Aug 8) and an average of 58 cases per day for the past week.

Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn said 118 of the new cases were linked to the three counties - Kildare, Laois and Offaly - where some restrictions on movement were reintroduced on Friday following a surge in cases there.

"While today’s numbers of confirmed cases are high, they are not unexpected," Glynn said. "Our priority now ... is to avoid these cases and clusters leading to widespread community transmission of the disease."

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Source: Reuters

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