There have been 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today, along with 1,012 new confirmed cases.
Of the cases reported today 66 were in Galway, the 5th highest level in the country behind counties Dublin, Cork, Cavan, and Meath.
There have now been a total of 41,714 COVID-19 cases in Ireland, and the coronavirus pandemic has claimed a total of 1,824 lives in the state.
Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case, which reflected in the national total.
“I am very worried about the numbers we are seeing and how quickly they are deteriorating,” said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer.
“All of today’s 1,012 cases were notified to the HPSC over a period of 24 hours up to midnight.”
“The 14-day incidence rate has increased from 108 per 100,000 last Sunday to 150 per 100,000 today, which represents a 39% increase.”
“All of the important indicators of the disease are deteriorating. For example, there has been a consistent increase in test positivity over the past week.
“The test positivity rate up to midnight Friday 9 October was 6.2%, which has more than doubled in less than a fortnight.”
As of 2pm today 199 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU.
There have been 35 new admissions to hospital, and four to the ICU, in just the past 24 hours alone.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer urged people once again to limit their social contacts to halt the spread of the virus.
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