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Covid crisis No deaths and 1,031 new cases of Covid-19 announced as Ireland prepares for Level 5

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Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Another 1,031 new cases of Covid-19 were announced today but there have been no further deaths.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases to 50,993 while the death toll remains at 1,852.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 511 are men / 518 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 30 years old
  • 235 in Dublin, 232 in Cork, 60 in Galway, 47 in Limerick, 47 in Kerry, and the remaining 410 cases are spread across 21 counties.

Almost 300 people have been hospitalised as of 2pm today (298) and 34 of these are in ICU.

There were 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “If you have symptoms of Covid-19, if you are waiting for a test result or if you are a confirmed case, you must self-isolate for 10 days from when you first develop symptoms. Self-isolation means staying in your room, away from other members of your household.

“If you live in a house with a confirmed case do not go to work or school. You must stay at home and restrict your movements for 14 days.”

The latest figures come as Ireland prepares for further restrictions to be imposed with a move to Level 5 for six weeks expected.

A memo going to Cabinet will recommend the highest level of restrictions from Wednesday until December 1.

The three party leaders and their senior ministers met today to discuss introducing new restrictions.

A Cabinet meeting is being held this afternoon to discuss the proposals.

An announcement is expected around 9pm tonight.

Nphet and Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan last week recommended Level Five recommendations for six weeks.

Yesterday, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris conceded that "Level 3 is not working" and revealed further restrictions would be introduced.

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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.

It's expected that schools and creches will remain open under strict new Covid-19 restrictions being considered by the Government.

Cabinet ministers are also hoping to allow elite sports, such as the GAA championship and horse racing, to continue when it unveils a raft of new rules aimed at stopping the spread of the virus.

However, new travel restrictions may see people banned from travelling beyond 5km or 10km from their home.

Bars, restaurants, gyms, swimming pools and most shops may be asked to close.

Household visits will be banned but people will be permitted to expand their household bubble to include close family members, isolated people and those in need of care.

An eviction ban will also be introduced to coincide with any new measures restricting travel to within counties to ensure people cannot be put out of their homes during a second lockdown.

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