Coronavirus Ireland: Another shocking spike in cases reported

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A total of 1,205 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Ireland in the last 24 hours bringing the overall number of infections to 46,429.

Additionally, three more lives have been sadly lost to the deadly virus as the death toll stands at 1,838.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 614 are men and 590 are women
  • 71% are under 45
  • The median age is 34
  • 288 are in Dublin, 173 in Cork, 123 in Meath, 97 in Galway, 63 in Cavan and the remaining 461 cases are spread across the remaining counties

As of 2 pm today 241 patients are in hospital with Covid-19, of which 29 are in ICU.

There have been 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “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.

“Cases notified over the past week have increased by 82% compared with the previous 7 days, from 3,514 to 6,382 cases.

“The positivity rate over the past 7 days is now 6.2% and is continuing to increase.

“The 14-day incidence in those aged 65 years and older has increased from 92.9 per 100,000 population on 7th October to 125 per 100,000 population on the 14th of October.

“The number of hospitalisations are increasing faster than the exponential growth modelling predicted. This indicates a rapidly deteriorating disease trajectory nationally.”

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “There is now a deteriorating epidemiological landscape across the EU. Many EU countries are experiencing increasing hospitalisations, ICU admissions and deaths related to COVID-19.

“Our priorities remain focused on protecting the medically and socially vulnerable, protecting childcare and education settings and preventing unnecessary disruption to non-COVID health and social care services.”

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Source: Dublin News