There have been two additional deaths COVID-19 reported by the department of health today, along with 362 new confirmed cases.
Of the two deaths reported today, one of the occurred in October, and one remains under investigation according to the department.
Of today’s cases there were 11 in Galway, up from two days in a row when there were less than five in the county.
As of 2pm on Wednesday there are 280 patients in hospital with COVID-19, of which 38 are in Intensive Care. There have been 21 people hospitalised in the past 24 hours.
There have now been a total of 66,247 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland, and 1,965 deaths which are COVID related.
Validation of data by the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 four cases, which is reflected in the national total.
“The profile of the disease is improving and, while this is a positive trend, it does not mean it is time to take a step back from our adherence to public health guidelines,” said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer.
“I urge everyone to redouble their efforts, try and have fewer close contacts this week than you did last week, continue to social distance and follow the other vitally important public health guidelines.”
Dr Holohan also thanked everyone who has responsibly self-isolated after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result, or being identified as a close contact of a confirmed case.
“Self-isolating is a vital measure in our efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and it is essential that all those asked to self-isolate continue to do so”.
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