Covid-19: New cases in Donegal more than double

County sees alarming increase in cases after two days of declining numbers

New Covid-19  test centre  in Donegal Town

The number of cases in Donegal has jumped from 16 on Tuesday night to 38 after two consecutive drops

Another 38 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Donegal out of 270 nationwide.

The Department of Health has also confirmed there have been five more deaths related to Covid-19.

The number of cases in Donegal has jumped from 16 on Tuesday night after two consecutive drops.

The 14-day incidence rate in the county has risen very slightly to 212, still the highest in the country. The rate is also significantly higher than the national rate of 85.

Of the cases notified today, 58 are in Dublin, 38 in Donegal, 28 in Wicklow, 25 in Mayo, 24 in Limerick and the remaining 97 cases are spread across 21 other counties. 

As of 2pm today, 231 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. There have been 27 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan, said: “It is important to keep up the progress that we have achieved in recent weeks. Ireland now has the lowest 14-day incidence of Covid-19 in the EU according to the latest ECDC figures and we need to hold firm to this position. As the country moves into Level 3, there is no room for complacency in our response to COVID-19.

 “As more services reopen for business, remember to use the basic public health advice as a guide when organising your time. When you are out in shops and accessing services, try to avoid high-risk situations and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible on busy streets and crowded outdoor areas. When you come home from shopping or being outdoors, remember that washing your hands is your first priority. For those of us who cannot work from home, the wearing of a face covering is now advised when moving around busy indoor workplaces and in communal work areas. If you are planning to travel around your county, consider first whether it is absolutely necessary to travel.

 “Your individual actions are vital to our national effort to suppress the transmission of this disease.”

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