There have been eight further deaths related to COVID-19, and 4,929 new confirmed cases, reported by the Department of Health today.
Galway accounts for 225 of the cases notified today, the highest number seen in the county to date. The 14-day incidence rate in Galway has now reached 815.7 cases per 100,000 people.
There have now been a total of 2,352 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland, and the country has experienced 152,539 confirmed cases.
Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said that while there is a “glimmer of hope” in the daily case figures and positivity rates, the situation in hospitals is continuing to deteriorate.
“We know that hospitalisations occur some weeks after a confirmed case is notified, and mortality after that again.”
“That means we are unfortunately set for a period of time where the situation in our hospitals gets worse before it gets better.”
“Staying at home and cutting your contacts right down to only those in your immediate household is the one vital way we will protect our healthcare system as it struggles with the burdens brought on by this surge in COVID-19 infections.”