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Covid crisis Coronavirus Ireland: 4 deaths and 429 new Covid-19 cases as Dr Tony Holohan says 'progress has stalled'

"Work from home, stay at home and follow public health advice to get us to a reproduction number below 0.5 by December 1.”

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Covid testing centre Dublin Airport

A further four people have died and 429 new cases of Covid-19 were announced today.

The latest figures brings the total number of confirmed cases to 69,473 while the death toll now stands at 2,010.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre resulted in the denotification of 14 cases, resulting in the adjusted total of 69,473.

As of 2pm today, 290 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, 33 of whom are in ICU. There were 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The breakdown of cases is as follows:

  • 194 are men / 234 are women
  • 69% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 173 are in Dublin, 44 in Cork, 26 in Donegal, 22 in Louth, 21 in Kildare and the remaining 143 cases are spread across the remaining 20 counties.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “In our objective to use a six-week period to drive down Covid-19 infection in the community, our progress has stalled in the last week.

“We now have two weeks to get back on track. Drive down the disease by limiting the number of daily contacts you have. Work from home, stay at home and follow public health advice to get us to a reproduction number below 0.5 by December 1.”

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said; “Deaths associated with Covid-19 have increased by 18% in the European region over the past fortnight. Last week alone, Europe registered over 29,000 new deaths. That is one person dying every 17 seconds.

"We have made significant progress in Ireland over recent weeks, but the disease and its risks have not changed. Please continue in your efforts to follow public health advice, limit the transmission of Covid-19 in Ireland and protect those who are most vulnerable in our families and across our communities.”

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