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Covid latest Coronavirus: Five further deaths and 611 new cases confirmed

Virus is spreading in a 'very worrying manner,' Dr Holohan warns

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Doctor in protective gloves & workwear holding Testing Kit for the coronavirus test. The doctor is collecting nasal sample for a young lady with a sampling swab.

Doctor in protective gloves & workwear holding Testing Kit for the coronavirus test. The doctor is collecting nasal sample for a young lady with a sampling swab.

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Doctor in protective gloves & workwear holding Testing Kit for the coronavirus test. The doctor is collecting nasal sample for a young lady with a sampling swab.

A further five people have died and 611 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases to 39,584, while the death toll now stands at 1,816.

Out of today's cases, 218 are in Dublin, 63 in Cork, 60 in Donegal, 35 in Galway, 31 in Kildare and the remaining 204 are located across 21 counties.

Overall, 303 cases are men, 305 are women, and 59pc are under 45 years of age.

Eighty-three cases have been identified as community transmission and 50 pc are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: “Covid-19 is spreading in our community in a very worrying manner. We have to break these chains of transmission.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, added: “Trends in case numbers and incidence are now being reflected in indicators of disease severity. The number of people in hospital has increased from 122 last Thursday to 156 this afternoon. There are currently 25 people in critical care compared to 20 one week ago.”

The reproductive number is now estimated at 1.2.

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the National Public Health and Emergency Team (Nphet) Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said if the public fails to reduce viral transmission nationwide, cases could rise to "1,100 – 1,500 cases per day and 300-450 people in hospital by November 7.”

Dr Siobhán Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead, urged the public to "remind themselves of what they can do on an individual level to suppress the virus and prevent a surge on hospital demands."

She added: "Currently, the average length of stay of a Covid-19 patient is 20 days in hospital and 14 days in ICU.

“ICU is the last stop in the care pathway for any illness. Focus on prevention and follow public health advice to ensure care pathways are available to as many people and treatments as possible.”

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