*Photograph: John Mangan
Interrupting the spread of COVID-19 is at a crucial stage, the Chief Medical Officer has warned as an additional 617 cases have been recorded across the country.
An outline of cases by county has not been provided by the Department of Health. Officials have announced 617 new cases with 123 in Dublin, 107 in Cork, 42 in Meath, 36 in Kerry, 35 in Galway and the remaining 274 cases are located across 21 counties.
Community transmission is attributed as the factor for 72 of the cases with 33 percent due to close contact with a confirmed case or an outbreak. 73 percent of those diagnosed were under the age of 45.
Five new deaths have been notified to health authorities bringing the death toll to 1,821. One death has been de-notified by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
Speaking on Friday, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan stated, “The profile of the disease continues to deteriorate. There have been an additional 32 hospitalisations and 8 ICU admissions in the past 24 hours. We are continuing to see a high number of daily cases.
“It is vital that we interrupt the transmission of the virus now. NPHET continues to monitor the situation however it is early, individual action that is needed to suppress the virus. Please follow public health advice and do your part to make an impact on the disease”.
Latest detail for Co Clare has revealed that a total of 31 new cases were reported to the HPSC on Wednesday.
Monaghan 777 (+13)
Clare 758 (+31)
Mayo 690 (+9)
Laois 525 (+8)
Roscommon 516 (+3)
Kilkenny 497 (+2)
Wexford 483 (+14)
Kerry 479 (+13)
Longford 394 (+6)
Waterford 372 (+10)
Carlow 302 (0)
Sligo 240 (+11)
Leitrim 125 (+1)#COVID19 new cases in 25/26 counties from Wednesday’s data
— Páraic McMahon (@thepmanofficial) October 9, 2020