There have been 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19, and 527 new cases reported by the Department of Health today.
11 of today’s cases are in Galway, where the 14 day incidence rate is now 49.6 cases per 100,000 population.
There have now been 2,154 COVID related deaths in Ireland, and a total of 78,776 confirmed cases in the coronavirus pandemic.
Validation of data by the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of five previously confirmed cases, which is reflected in the national total.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said “The figures we are seeing across all key indicators of disease severity continue to give us strong reason for persistent, ongoing concern.”
“As we head into a week with uniquely risky inter-household and inter-generational mixing, please remember to act responsibly. Start this weekend. It is never too late to cut down your contacts, cancel plans, or avoid a crowd.”
“Bear in mind that you may well be the link in a chain of transmission that ends with a vulnerable loved one catching this dangerous disease. Stop that chain of transmission now – limit your movements today.”
As of 2pm today there are 207 people hospitalised with COVID-19 in Ireland, of whom 28 are in the ICU. There have been 12 people hospitalised in the past 24 hours.