Expert warns Ireland could see between 1,800 to 2,500 cases a day by Halloween

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Ireland’s top professor has issued a stark warning as the country could see thousands of cases a day by Halloween.

Professor Philip Nolan said that the number of daily cases could be between 1,800 to 2,500 cases as there has been a massive jump in cases over the last few weeks.

He said at the NPHET briefing this evening: “The reproduction number appears to have increased and is now at 1.4 nationally.

“Modelling shows that if current trends continue, by October 31, the number of cases notified daily would be in the range of 1,800 – 2,500 cases with over 400 people in hospital.”

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

Dr Colm Henry, the Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, added: “The challenge we have now is much greater than earlier this year, as we are trying to suppress COVID-19 while maintaining our non – COVID services and providing safe environments in our acute settings.

“The higher the community transmission the more difficult it is to protect medically vulnerable people in all healthcare settings. We appeal to everyone to play their part in protecting patients, healthcare workers and frontline services.”

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Source: Dublin News