Coronavirus: Department Of Health Confirms 1,283 New Cases

88 of those cases are in the midlands.

Latest figures:

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 1,852 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Saturday, 17 October, the HPSC has been notified of 1,283 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 49,962 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

651 are women / 628 are men

68% are under 45 years of age

The median age is 31 years old

408 in Dublin, 156 in Cork, 88 in Kildare, 80 in Meath, 55 in Limerick and the remaining 496 cases are spread across 21 counties.

40 are in Westmeath, Offaly has 25 and 23 were reported in Laois. 

As of 2pm today 277 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. 17 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

 

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 17 Oct 2020)

(Incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

 

County

Today’s cases (to midnight 17 Oct 2020)

14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population

New Cases during last 14 days (4 to 17 Oct 2020)

NATIONAL

1,283

251.0

11,950

Cavan

42

807.3

615

Meath

80

488.6

953

Monaghan

17

374.7

230

Donegal

14

345.5

550

Clare

21

322.3

383

Sligo

8

294.5

193

Westmeath

40

294

261

Cork

156

275.4

1,495

Galway

51

273.6

706

Wexford

35

271.2

406

Limerick

55

250.4

488

Kildare

88

243.6

542

Longford

13

239.8

98

Leitrim

5

224.7

72

Dublin

408

224.6

3,026

Roscommon

27

223.1

144

Kerry

36

216

319

Offaly

25

202.7

158

Louth

7

187.8

242

Laois

23

173.6

147

Mayo

30

149.4

195

Carlow

20

149.3

85

Kilkenny

10

146.1

145

Waterford

5

131.7

153

Wicklow

31

119.4

170

Tipperary

36

109.1

174

Restrictions:

Eamon Ryan says a lot more work needs to be done before a decision is made on further restrictions.

NPHET's recommendation that the whole country enter Level 5 Covid 19 restrictions was discussed by senior ministers at length yesterday, without agreement.

The Cabinet is due to resume its deliberations on the issue tomorrow.

The Green Party leader says there are a lot of issues to be considered:

An expert believes the Government must be more ambitious in it's effort to tackle coronavirus.

Professor Gerry Killeen from UCC thinks the rest of the country should be in the same level 4 restrictions as Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan:

Lockdown:

A GP advisor to the HSE says the growth in Covid-19 cases indicates that a second lockdown is needed.

A record number of new cases were announced yesterday at 1,276.

The Government will continue to consider NPHET's recommendation of imposing Level 5 restrictions for six weeks.

It's after lengthy meetings broke up last night without any agreement.

Dr Ray Walley says he understands why the party leaders are taking their time:

Spokesperson for the World Health Organisation, Dr Margaret Harris, says a lockdown shouldn't be used as a country's only strategy:

More than half of people are in favour of level 5 restrictions.

That's according to an Ireland Thinks poll in the Mail on Sunday, which found that 51 percent of people believe level 5 is the correct way forward.

41 percent are against the move, with men more likely to disagree with the Level 5 recommendation than women.

More than half of those polled said they were better equipped to deal with a second lockdown as opposed to the first.

Garda:

A high visibility operation by the Gardaí will wind down at midnight tonight.

The increased presence backs up the work done under Operation Fanacht which monitors Covid-19 travel restrictions and Operation Navigation.

This sees gardai carry out spot checks that pubs and restaurants are following public health guidelines.
 

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