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Record breaking number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland

Ireland’s 14-day incidence rate is now at 381.6 per 100,000 people.

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Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA))

Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA))

Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA))

Ireland’s chief medical officer has warned that Ireland’s Covid-19 incidence rate could be at its highest, as the county saw a record-breaking number of coronavirus cases in a day.

The Department of Health recorded 3,394 cases within the last 24 hours.

There have also been four further deaths related to Covid-19 in Ireland.

As of 2pm on Saturday, 607 Covid-19 patients were in hospital, of which 56 are in ICU. There have been 71 additional hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, said: “The incidence of Covid-19 is as high, if not higher now than it was in March.

“Every individual needs to act as if they are infectious. Hospitalisations are rising to levels close to what we saw in the springtime. Everyone needs to stay at home other than for essential work or care.

“It is really important that vulnerable and older people do not leave their homes unless absolutely essential.

“This includes asking neighbours or family to carry out errands such as grocery shopping, limiting all contacts to only those people you live with or have to visit for essential care reasons.

“We need to rediscover the spirit of solidarity and community we saw in March and April so that we can all do our part in protecting older and vulnerable people.

“People particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 include older persons and people with pre-existing medical conditions including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer.”

Ireland’s 14-day incidence rate is now at 381.6 per 100,000 people.

Earlier, Philip Nolan, chairman of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said that Ireland is in a “very significant surge”.

He warned that up to 6,000 cases a day could be seen in the coming days following the backlog in the system which is likely to see an additional 9,000 cases reported.

It comes as the head of the Health Service Executive (HSE) warned that Ireland has not yet seen the worst impact of the surge in Covid-19 cases on hospitals.

The high levels of coronavirus cases across the country have sparked warnings from health officials about the rising number of patients in hospital.

Paul Reid, chief executive of the HSE, urged the public to follow health guidelines.

The number of Covid-19 patients in hospital has been rising in recent weeks, with the number of coronavirus cases in ICUs more than doubling in two weeks.

More than 109,000 coronavirus tests have been carried out in the last seven days, with a positivity rate of 16%.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that the number of vaccinations will be reported with the number of coronavirus cases published daily by his department.

It has also been reported that a further nine cases of the variant form of Covid-19 found in the UK have been detected in Ireland.

Cillian De Gascun, medical virologist, said that further testing of SarsCoV2 samples dating from December 23 to 29 found the additional variant cases.

He said it takes the total number of cases found to 16.

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