Covid latest Coronavirus: 1,205 new cases and three further deaths confirmed
There have been 1,205 new cases and three further deaths linked to Covid-19 in Ireland, the Department of Health confirmed this evening.
A total of 46,429 confirmed cases in Ireland have now been recorded – with the death toll now at 1,838.
Of the cases notified today, 288 are in Dublin, 173 Cork, 123 in Meath, 97 in Galway 63 in Cavan and the remaining 461 cases are spread across all remaining counties.
The median age is 34 years old, and 71pc are under 45 years of age.
There are 241 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, of which 29 are in ICU. A total of 24 additional hospitalisations have occurred in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said the National Publich Health and Emergency Team (Nphet) have seen further increases across all key indicators of the virus.
He said: "The growth rate of the epidemic has accelerated since Nphet last met.
“Cases notified over the past week have increased by 82pc compared with the previous 7 days, from 3,514 to 6,382 cases.
“The positivity rate over the past 7 days is now 6.2pc 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, 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.”
The reproduction number appears to have increased and is now at 1.4 nationally, Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the Nphet Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said.
Dr Nolan added: "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.”
Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said; “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 vulnerably people in all heathcare settings. We appeal to everyone to play their part in protecting patients, healthcare workers and frontline services.”