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Latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: Three deaths and 591 cases as Dr Tony Holohan warns of 'second surge'

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CMO Dr Tony Holohan

CMO Dr Tony Holohan

CMO Dr Tony Holohan

A further three people have died and 591 new cases of Covid-19 were announced today.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases to 64,046 while the death toll stands at 1,933.

A total of 302 patients are in hospital, 38 of whom are in ICU. 20 people were hospitalised in the last 24 hours.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has resulted in the denotification of 28 confirmed cases, resulting in an adjusted total of 64,046.

The breakdown of cases is as follows:

  • 280 are men / 310 are women
  • 59% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 38 years old
  • 120 cases are in Dublin, 75 in Donegal, 50 in Cork, 46 in Kerry, 44 in Limerick and the remaining 256 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

The numbers have been dipping in recent days, giving fresh hope as the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) met today to discuss the effects of Level 5 restrictions nationwide.

The entire country remains at the highest level of restrictions for at least another four weeks with a review due on December 1.

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Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, has warned against children's Halloween parties

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, has warned against children's Halloween parties

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, has warned against children's Halloween parties

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “A second surge is taking place across Europe. Ireland and Finland are the only European countries in the EU where reductions in 14 – day incidence have been observed. All other countries are increasing.

“Level 5 efforts over the last two weeks have succeeded in further reducing community transmission and disease incidence in Ireland, however, now is not the time to be complacent. We must keep driving down this disease- we must keep going.

"The 19 to 24 year old age group has achieved a dramatic reduction in incidence, from 450 per 100,000 to 150 per 100,000 in two weeks. They have also halved their contacts in the past 5 weeks. We all need to recognise the efforts of our young people and I thank them.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the Nphet Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said “We estimate the reproduction number at 0.7 - 0.9. This is a testament to our collective effort to stop the spread of the virus and it is very good news. We may be doing better now but it is conditional on whether we keep it up. If we continue to use this time to drive the infection right down, we will be in a good position in four weeks time."

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Yesterday, there were 444 newly diagnosed cases of the virus, with three counties recording no additional infections.

However, eight deaths were reported.

The worst hit were Dublin with 158 new cases while there were 48 in Cork, 36 in Galway and 28 in Limerick.

The rest of the 174 cases were spread across 19 other counties.

The figures highlight the ongoing difficulties of containing the virus in larger urban areas.

Yesterday, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly told the Oireachtas Health Committee that the R number - which shows how many people on average a person with the virus infects others - had fallen to between 0.7 and 0.9.


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