45 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland

Henrietta Strickland
August 2, 2020

Ireland's chief medical officer on Saturday described a recent spike in COVID-19 infections as "concerning", as the average number of cases per day doubled from around 20 in recent weeks to over 40 over the past five days.

There have been 1,088 cases recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,889 in Fraser Health, 144 in the Island Health Authority and 369 in the Interior Health region.

The province also announced one new health-care outbreak Friday, at the Dania Home in the Fraser Health region. Last week, health officials said that almost 1,000 people across all of B.C.'s five health authorities were in self-isolation due to the recent community exposures.

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced the new cases and the new death in a written statement Friday afternoon.

There are now 3,168 people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. This new outbreak brings the total of health-care outbreaks to three, with two in long-term care facilities and one in acute care. Public health teams continue to support the active outbreaks on Haida Gwaii and at Fraser Valley Packers Inc.

"This weekend, let's play safe and stay safe while COVID-19 remains in our communities", she said in a release.

Dix and Henry urged residents to socialize safely this weekend, and directed people to Dr. Bonnie Henry's Good Times Guide on the government of British Columbia website.

Those precautions include keeping groups small, using "layers of protection" and ensuring there is enough space for people to maintain physical distance from each other, Henry and Dix said. Of the 50 new cases, five cases are epidemiologically-linked, meaning people who were never tested but were presumed to have COVID-19 because they developed symptoms and were close contacts of a laboratory-confirmed case.

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