Coronavirus: No new deaths and 50 more cases in the Republic

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn highlighted 'significant and growing concerns' about the virus in Ireland. File photo

There have been no further deaths and 50 more confirmed cases of Covid-19 recorded in the Republic, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has said.

The death toll remains at 1,763 from a total of 26,303 cases.

Of the new cases, 81 per cent are aged under 45, and 42 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.

Eleven of the cases are located in Wexford, 10 in Kildare, six in Dublin, five in Donegal, and 18 are spread across nine other counties (Carlow, Cork, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Sligo, Tipperary and Wicklow).

The news comes after NPHET said that Dublin is no longer at the centre of the Republic’s Covid-19 outbreak as cases have spread around the country.

The group highlighted “significant and growing concerns” about the virus in Ireland in a letter to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, advising Government yesterday ahead of their decision to delay the reopening of wet pubs and the increase of outdoor gatherings to 500 people.

The letter, penned by acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn, advised the Government to halt the planned progression to next phase of the country’s reopening on August 10th.

Only 27 per cent of cases in the last seven days have occurred in Dublin with six counties having a greater seven days incidence than Dublin.

Dr Glynn said the group had “noted a change in the progression of the disease” which had given it cause for concern, including an increase in the number of cases reported daily and the “increasing number of cases reported in younger people, particularly those between 25-34 years of age.”

The letter noted that 73 per cent of cases in the past two weeks had occurred in people under 45 years of age.

It said there had been a shift in the location of the majority of cases from the greater Dublin region to other counties over the past seven to ten days.

“The majority of cases are no longer predominantly limited to the greater Dublin region,” Dr Glynn wrote. “Only 27 per cent of cases in the last seven days have occurred in Dublin with six counties having a greater seven days incidence than Dublin.”