Donegal's worrying increase in Covid-19 cases continues as transmission rate also rises

Donegal has the highest transmission rate in the country


Coronavirus / Covid-19

Two additional deaths related to Covid-19 have been recorded. Of the deaths reported today, one occurred in October and one remains under investigation.

There has been a total of 1,965 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Tuesday, the HPSC has been notified of 362 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Of these, 48 are in Donegal. The transmission rate in Donegal has risen from 284.6 per 100,000 yesterday to 300.9 today. 

There is now a total of 66,247* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

(*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of four confirmed cases. The figure of 66,247 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:                                                             

187 are men / 174 are women
55% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 41 years old
90 in Dublin, 48 in Donegal, 34 in Limerick, 29 in Louth, 24 in Limerick and the remaining 137 cases are spread across 21 other counties.

As of 2pm today, 280 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 38 are in ICU. There have been 21 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The profile of the disease is improving and, while this is a positive trend, it does not mean it is time to take a step back from our adherence to public health guidelines. I urge everyone to redouble their efforts, try and have fewer close contacts this week than you did last week, continue to social distance and follow the other vitally important public health guidelines.”

“I also want to thank those who have self-isolated after receiving a positive Covid-19 test result; or having been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case. Self-isolating is a vital measure in our efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 and it is essential that all those asked to self-isolate continue to do so.”

The Covid-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of Covid-19 in the community.

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