There have been three additional deaths related to COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today, along with 1,205 new confirmed cases.
Of today’s cases 97 are in Galway, almost double the level reported yesterday, and the fourth highest number in the country behind Dublin (288), Cork (173), and Meath (123).
There have now been a total of 46,429 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, and the pandemic has claimed 1,838 lives.
There were 29 patients in the ICU as of 2pm today, out of 241 hospitalised with COVID-19. In the past 24 hours there have been 24 people hospitalised.
“There has been further increases across all key indicators of COVID-19 and the growth rate of the epidemic has accelerated since NPHET last met,” said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer.
The number of cases notified in the past seven days is 82% higher than the week prior he said, and the positivity rate in the past week is now 6.2%, and continuing to rise.
The 14-day incidence rate for people over the age of 65 has also climbed from 92.9 to 125 per 100,000 since October 7.
“The number of hospitalisations are increasing faster than the exponential growth modelling predicted. This indicates a rapidly deteriorating disease trajectory nationally,” Dr Holohan warned.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.