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There have been 46 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the Republic, according to the Department of Health.

The latest figures bring the total amount of cases here to 26,208.

No further deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, meaning the number of coronavirus-related deaths here stands at 1,763.

Of the latest cases, 85% concern people who are under 45 years of age.

32 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case, while five cases have been identified as community transmission.

15 cases are located in Kildare, eight in Laois, seven in Clare, five in Offaly and the remaining 11 are spread across nine other counties.

The Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: "The vast majority of young people in Ireland have followed public health advice and have made very significant sacrifices to protect themselves and others.

"People of all ages will occasionally slip up as they learn to live safely with this virus.

"We should not seek to attribute blame, but rather continue to encourage one another to build on and sustain the great efforts that we have all made to date.

He added: “We continue to urge everyone to observe the safe behaviours that we recommend such as physical distancing, washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding crowds and doing all we can to protect each other.

“NPHET continues to monitor the evolving situation very closely and will meet tomorrow.”

Airport checks

The Cabinet is expected to sign off plans to introduce random testing for COVID-19 at airports at tomorrow's meeting.

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said it was part of a suite of measures to tackle an increasingly volatile international travel climate.

The government will also decide on whether the planned August 10th reopening date for all pubs will go ahead.

Earlier, the Vintners' Federation of Ireland raised concerns that if some pubs do not reopen next Monday as part of Phase 4 they may never resume trading again.

Main image: Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health pictured last month. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

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