Coronavirus: No further deaths but 38 more cases reported in State

Another 38 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) reported on Friday.

This brings to 26,065 the total number of cases that have been confirmed in the Republic.

NPHET reported no further deaths from Covid-19 on Friday.

Meanwhile, a focus on international travel has distracted from community efforts in Ireland to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the acting chief medical officer has said.

Dr Ronan Glynn, said there was a risk that debate about Irish people going on foreign holidays could detract from the “core message” of each individual having power to control the spread of the virus.

He urged members of the public to follow six key pieces of advice as the bank holiday weekend approaches; maintain social distance, stay outdoors when meeting people as much as possible, limit the time spent meeting them, wash hands, wear face masks and download the Covid-19 tracker app.

Dr Glynn said a minority of cases detected in the Republic were linked to international travel including just two of 85 cases reported on Thursday.

“Ultimately what will dictate the course of the infection over the coming week, two weeks or in the coming months is the actions of each and every person in our communities across the country,” he remarked.