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The third highest daily figure of new COVID-19 cases in the Republic of Ireland has been reported.

On Saturday, the Department of Health announced 1,012 new cases of COVID-19 had been diagnosed across the country. A full breakdown on their location was not forthcoming but 241 are in Dublin, 112 in Cork, 80 in Cavan, 72 in Meath, 66 in Galway, and the remaining 441 cases are spread across 21 other counties.

Almost three quarters (71%) of these cases occurred in individuals under the age of 45 with a median age of 30. No detail on the amount spread as a result of community transmission has been outlined.

Latest detail for Co Clare has revealed that 21 new cases of Coronavirus were alerted to health officials on Thursday.

Currently 199 patients are in Irish hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 with 31 of these in ICU.

An additional three deaths have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. Since March, 1,824 persons have died as a result of the virus across the country.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan admitted that the present situation is very worrying. “I am very worried about the numbers we are seeing and how quickly they are deteriorating. All of today’s 1,012 cases were notified to the HPSC over a period of 24 hours up to midnight. The 14-day incidence rate has increased from 108 per 100,000 last Sunday to 150 per 100,000 today, which represents a 39% increase.

“All of the important indicators of the disease are deteriorating. For example, there has been a consistent increase in test positivity over the past week. The test positivity rate up to midnight Friday 9th October was 6.2%, which has more than doubled in less than a fortnight. Case numbers are growing across all age groups and throughout the country,” Holohan added.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer added, “In the past 24 hours, there have been 35 new admissions of laboratory confirmed cases to hospital and 4 new admissions to ICU. There are now 199 people in hospital and 31 in ICU. Every age group, location and household needs to act now, limit your contacts and stop the disease in its tracks”.

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