Spike worry Coroanvirus: 613 new cases and 10 deaths
Ireland saw a spike in coronavirus cases last night as it also emerged that 10 people have died.
The stark figures come as it was revealed yesterday there were more than 900 family outbreaks in Ireland over the month of September.
Officials revealed there were 924 reported family outbreaks of the virus in the month in a significant increase from 530 in August and just 127 in July.
The acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said last night: "The numbers being reported today and over the past week represent a significant escalation in the profile of Covid-19 in Ireland."
He urged people to follow the guidelines and only meet up with people from one other household at a time as 613 new cases were reported yesterday.
Dublin has the highest rate of new cases again with 224 reported.
Ireland's 14-day incidence rate is now at 100.9 per 100,000 of the population, compared to 32.7 a month ago. Donegal has the highest 14-day incidence rate at 233.1 followed by Monaghan at 172.2. Dublin has the third highest incidence rate of 168.2 followed by Roscommon at 134.8 and Longford at 119.9.
There were 114 people confirmed to have the virus being treated in hospital yesterday, with 20 of those patients needing intensive care.
Meanwhile, despite the grimnews, an anti-mask protect took place at Grafton Street where a sit-down protest was staged.
The HSE said 234 critical care beds are currently occupied, with 39 adult critical care beds available.
Meanwhile, gardaí have been cracking down on student house parties countrywide this week.
Gardaí in Limerick carried out a special operation targeting house parties after students returned to the University of Limerick last weekend. They shut down dozens of house parties and made a number of arrests in the Castletroy area of the city.
Chief Supt Gerard Roches told a meeting of Limerick's Joint Police Committee on Friday that a special Garda operation had been put in place ahead of Freshers' Week and that more than 35 house parties were shut down in the first few days and five arrests were made.
Gardaí in Cork have also targeted house parties since the return of students to University College Cork. Meanwhile, students have complained that gardaí searched attendees at a house party on Bandon Road in the city without a warrant on Tuesday.
Gardai in Galway were forced to issue a denial this week after Galway City Council Mayor Mike Cubbard claimed gardaí would provide National University of Ireland Galway with addresses of student houses where parties were taking place so the college could contact landlords. Gardaí said they did not share information with third parties.