The Department of Health has announced 95 new confirmed coronavirus cases and no further deaths.

It brings the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ireland to 29,206. The number of deaths related to the virus remains at 1,777.

In a statement, the National Public Health Emergency Team said 52 of the new cases were men and 43 were women, with 67% under 45 years of age.

It said 47% of the cases are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed coronavirus case. Sixteen of the new cases have been identified as community transmission. 

NPHET said that 51 of the cases were in Dublin, six in Kildare and six in Meath.

The remaining 32 cases are in counties Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Offaly, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.

The Acting Chief Medical Officer said that basic measures are vital in keeping the virus under control. 

Dr Ronan Glynn said: "This virus relies on human contact. The virus has not changed and neither have the basic measures that keep us all protected.

"It is these basic measures that are most important to keep Covid-19 under control.

"Remember to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, to know the safe way to wear a face covering, avoid touching your face, cough into your elbow, reduce your social contacts and keep a physical distance of two metres at the top of your mind when you do meet others."

From tomorrow Croke Park's handball centre on Sackville Avenue will reopen as a walk-up testing facility for Covid-19 for one week, following a high-level request from the HSE.

The centre will open from 11am to 7pm each day until Friday 11 September.

Testing is by appointment only.

In Northern Ireland, one further coronavirus-related death has been reported, taking the toll to 563.

There are 77 new cases, from tests on 5,431 individuals since yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 7,442.

The Department of Health in Belfast reported that the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 people is 45.3, with the reproductive R rate between 1.1 and 1.6.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control put Ireland's 14-day incidence rate today at 32.0.


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Earlier, the Health Service Executive said around 25% of people who have been scheduled for Covid-19 tests do not show up.

CEO Paul Reid said they processed almost 62,000 tests across 46 labs last week with the average positivity rate at 1.3%.

Mr Reid said the median turnaround time is 2.2 days from test referral to completion of contact tracing.

He said that serial testing in meat processing plants has started in Kildare, Offaly and Laois and will extend countrywide and will include other food plants.

However, the number of people who do not attend for community testing is estimated at about 1,000 a day.

The HSE is to start recruiting more community 'swabbers' for Covid-19 through an online application process from Monday.

Several hundred people are being sought for the roles, which will include part-time work and will be available over seven days.

The HSE said the new appointments will allow redeployed clinical staff to return to their previous work.

At a briefing this morning, Mr Reid called on people to give their correct details as a wrong phone number can mean they cannot get information out to people for results or for contact tracing.

He said if someone does not get their results within three days they should contact their GP to find out what the issue is and to get their result. 

Mr Reid said new cases of Covid-19 have trended upwards over the past four weeks and the average number of new cases per day is 120.

He said 1,514 cases have been reported over the past 14 days, compared with 1,096 in the previous 14 days, but that the number of patients with Covid-19 in hospital and in intensive care units is reasonably stable overall.

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HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry said there is "no change" in the transmission of the virus and because many cases are asymptomatic, "we cannot be the best judges" as to whether we have it or not.

"That underpins the message to adhere to public health measures of distancing and basic hygiene actions," he said.

Dr Henry said young people are not immune to Covid-19 and referred to junior doctor Owen O'Flynn's account of his experience of having the virus. 

Meanwhile, a secondary school in Co Kerry has sent students home after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.

The school's principal alerted the parents of the students involved to the situation and has been in touch with the HSE.

Covid-19 a 'wake-up' call to society, says consultant

The greater good of society will not be served by continuing to adopt "an ultra-conservative approach" to Covid-19 and people need to learn to live with the threat of the virus, a consultant geriatrician has warned.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Claire Bryne, Professor Ronan Collins said a pandemic was always a possibility and Covid-19 should be a wake-up call.

He urged older people to continue to be aware of the threat of the virus, but said it is an underlying illness, rather than age in itself, that is the greater risk factor for serious infection or illness.

Meanwhile, the National Public Health Emergency Team met today to review the latest Covid-19 trends. However, no major recommendations are expected from the NPHET meeting.

The World Health Organization says data to date suggests 80% of Covid-19 infections are mild or asymptomatic, 15% are severe infection, requiring oxygen and 5% are critical, requiring ventilation. 

Generally, you need to be 15 minutes or more in the vicinity of an infected person and within two metres of them, to be considered at-risk, or a close contact. 

Additional reporting Fergal Bowers