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Cases spike Coronavirus Ireland: Three deaths and 1,066 new cases of Covid-19 announced

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Infection Control nurse Colin Clarke looks out from a Covid-19 recovery ward at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Infection Control nurse Colin Clarke looks out from a Covid-19 recovery ward at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland.

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Infection Control nurse Colin Clarke looks out from a Covid-19 recovery ward at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland.

A further three people have died and 1,066 new cases of Covid-19 were announced today.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases to 54,476 while the death toll now stands at 1,871.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has resulted in the denotification of 12 confirmed cases and a total of 54,476.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 536 are men / 528 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 32 years old
  • 244 in Dublin, 104 in Galway, 98 in Cork, 92 in Meath and the remaining 528 cases are spread across all remaining counties.

There are 313 people in hospitals with Covid-19 as of 2pm today with 20 new admissions in the past 24 hours. There are currently 37 patients with Covid-19 in ICU.

There were 649 new outbreaks notified in the week up to October 17 with 71pc of those in private households, and 29pc in other locations.

Six additional outbreaks have been notified in nursing homes and community hospitals in the last week.

Meanwhile, between 10,000 and 15,000 people who may have been exposed to Covid-19 were not informed due to the latest HSE fiasco which caused its contact tracing service to be swamped.

This increased the chances of people who caught the virus unknowingly passing it on to others.

A proportion of these people who were in contact with a confirmed case may be in danger of developing symptoms themselves and also of unwittingly spreading the disease.

The latest scandal followed an admission by the HSE that between 2,000 to 2,500 people who tested positive at the weekend could not have their close contacts traced because public health departments were swamped.

Instead, they yesterday appealed to people who tested positive to personally alert their close contacts and advise them to seek a test through their GP.

A leading GP said last night he believed a proportion of these people are still unaware they are at risk.

Dr Denis McCauley, spokesman for the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) said he did not believe all of those who tested positive for the virus on Friday, Saturday and Sunday listened to the HSE when they were asked to inform their close contacts.

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