There have been 15 additional deaths related to COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today, along with 310 new cases.
Of the cases notified today, 13 are in Galway, where the 14-day incidence rate of the virus is 60.1 cases per 100,000 population. There have been 155 new cases reported in Galway in the past two weeks.
There have now been more than 75,000 confirmed cases in the state, and Ireland has seen 2,117 COVID related deaths.
Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 7 confirmed cases.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said “Tomorrow marks 14 days to Christmas Day. To ensure the safest possible interaction with your family over Christmas, consider restricting your movements now.”
“Risk assess the environments you plan to be in over the next two weeks; are they compliant with public health measures? Can you keep a two metre distance? Are people wearing face coverings?”
“Now is the time to make decisions about what interactions are necessary and pose the lowest risk to you, your family and friends over Christmas.”
As of 2pm today there are 202 people in Ireland hospitalised with COVID-19, of whom 36 are in the ICU. There have been 15 people hospitalised in the past 24 hours.
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