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Cases latest Coronavirus Ireland: Two deaths and 767 new cases of Covid-19 announced

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Tony Holohan

Tony Holohan

Tony Holohan

A further two people have died and 767 new cases of Covid-19 were announced this evening.

The latest figures bring the total number of confirmed cases to 62,750 while the death toll now stands at 1,917.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has resulted in the denotification of 19 confirmed cases, resulting the adjusted figure of of 62,750.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 355 are men / 411 are women
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 33 years old
  • 321 are in Dublin, 84 in Cork, 47 in Meath, 34 in Limerick, 24 in Roscommon and the remaining 257 cases are spread across all other counties.

A total of 322 Covid-19 patients are in hospital as of 2pm today, 44 of whom are in ICU.

There were 16 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

While daily case numbers have been dropping in recent days, officials say it is too early to assess the impact of Level 5 restrictions.

Restrictions will be reviewed after four weeks but a Nphet expert said that it would be unlikely that the restrictions would have had time to have the optimum effect before the December 1 deadline.

Speaking on RTE Radio One’s This Week programme, Dr Cillian De Gascun insisted that the current reduction in coronavirus cases will not guarantee an early exit.

“It’s far too early to see what the success is going to be,” he said.

“From a societal perspective, we want to get this number down as low as possible, because the lower we manage to get it coming into December, the longer the benefit we will get from the interventions that we have put in place.

“I think it’s really important that although the numbers in recent days have been positive, we still have over 300 people in hospital and in or around 50 people in intensive care.

“And even though the 460 cases yesterday (Saturday) is better than the 1,200 we had a week ago, within those numbers people will end up in hospital, there will be a lag and some people will end up in intensive care and unfortunately some will pass away.

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"It’s very important that people continue to stick with the intervention and not to be considering releasing them early at this point.

“The plan at this stage, is that we have a six-week programme to get as low as possible, to ensure that we can suppress the virus and get back to the levels we had during the summer.”

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