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611 new COVID-19 cases nationally

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611 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Republic of Ireland, the second highest daily total since the end of April.

No specific detail has been outlined by the Department of Health on the amount of COVID-19 cases in Co Clare. 218 cases are in Dublin, 63 in Cork, 60 in Donegal, 35 in Galway, 31 in Kildare and the remaining 204 are located across 21 counties.

Clare had recorded 64 new cases in 48 hours as per details for Saturday and Sunday’s cases.

Currently 156 people are being treated for Coronavirus in Irish hospitals with 25 individuals in intensive care because of the virus.

Officials in the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) have been notified of an additional five deaths bringing the death toll to 1,816.

Speaking at Wednesday’s press briefing, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn outlined that there had been over 5000 cases nationally in the space of 14 days. He noted that the 14 day incidence rate had increased from 92 per 100,000 of population to 134 per 100,000 of population. “There has been a substantial increase in the total weekly cases,” Glynn stated.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said, “all key indicators of the disease have deteriorated further in the three days since the last meeting of NPHET on Sunday 4th October. COVID-19 is spreading in our community in a very worrying manner. We have to break these chains of transmission. 80 COVID-19 cases were hospitalised in August, 206 in September and 77 so far in October. In August, 4 COVID-19 related deaths in total were reported, 34 in September and today on the 7th of October we report 8 COVID-19 related deaths this month”.

Case numbers and hospitalisations are “growing exponentially,” Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group highlighted. He confirmed that the reproductive number is now estimated at 1.2.

He warned, “If we fail to reduce viral transmission nationwide immediately, we could see 1,100 – 1,500 cases per day and 300-450 people in hospital by November 7th”. The public must “radically” reduce their social contacts, he said.

Christmas can still be saved, Professor Nolan ‘if we do the right thing over the next three weeks’ with the current task to keep the virus transmission down.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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