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6 additional deaths and 772 confirmed cases this evening

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 6 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 1,908 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Thursday 29th October the HPSC has been notified of 772 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 61,059* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

362 are men / 406 are women
64% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 36 years old
228 in Dublin, 120 in Cork, 50 in Meath, 41 in Donegal, 41 in Galway and the remaining 292 cases are spread across all remaining counties.

As of 2pm today 325 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 42 are in ICU. 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Leitrim has recorded less than 5 new cases according to the figures released this evening.

The county has recorded 39 cases in the last 14 days as of midnight on 16 October to 29 October which equates to a 121.7 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population.

In neighbouring counties the figures are as follows as per new cases today, incidence rate and the number of cases in the last 14 days: 

Cavan -  16 new cases with an incidence rate of 669.5, the highest in the country, and 510 cases in the last fortnight.

Donegal -   41 new cases, an incidence rate of 322.3 and 513 cases recorded in the past 14 days.

Roscommon -  13 new cases, an incidence rate of 241.7 and 156 cases.

In Sligo there are 9 new cases, an incidence rate of 363.2 and 238 cases in total for the last 14 days.

In Longford there were 8 cases recorded today giving it a 296.0 incidence rate and a total of 121 cases in the last fortnight.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “The overall situation has improved, but we have to remember that these are very early days. This improvement will only be maintained if we keep going in our efforts.

“We have to remember that incidence is increasing in older age groups, who are particularly vulnerable to this disease. The way in which we can protect them is if we continue to drive down transmission across the whole population.”

Dr. Desmond Hickey, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “As of today, Ireland has seen a reduction in its 7-day incidence rate of 36% when compared to the previous 7 days. Ireland’s progress is notable when compared to the rapidly deteriorating picture across Europe. It is paramount that we sustain and continue to drive down disease incidence as much as possible in the coming weeks.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said “The reproduction number is now close to 1.0 nationally. This is the first time in a number of weeks that we have been able to report positive indicators of the disease. However, our experience to date shows this type of progress is very fragile. We should take these positive signs as an indication our efforts are starting to work, the critical thing now is to keep it up, the virus will seek out any opportunity to spread; over the next weeks let’s make sure we don’t give it that opportunity, by driving R and case numbers as low as possible.”

Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said; “There has been a significant reduction in emergency presentations and admission in recent weeks, when compared with activity last year. Our Emergency Departments have in place pathways of care to keep patients and staff safe. If you need urgent or emergency care in our hospitals, this care can be provided safely.”

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