More than 1,000 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported today including almost 100 in Cork.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to Covid-19.
It brings the number of Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,871
As of midnight Wednesday 21st October the HPSC has been notified of 1,066 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
There is now a total of 54,476 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today there were 244 in Dublin, 104 in Galway, 98 in Cork, 92 in Meath and the remaining 528 cases are spread across all remaining counties.
A total of 536 are men / 528 are women, 67% are under 45 years of age, and the median age is 32 years old
Speaking tonight, Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health reiterated his appeal to people to follow the health guidance to reduce the spread of the virus.
“We are now in Level 5 because the disease is at very serious levels in our country and posing a significant risk to public health.
“We all need to stay at home, except for essential work and exceptional circumstances. If you are a confirmed case self isolate at home, if you are a close contact of a confirmed case restrict your movements at home, if you are experiencing symptoms or believe you are a close contact - restrict your movements and contact your GP.”
Dr. Heather Burns, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health added: “The 14-day incidence was at 3 per 100,000 at the end of June, today it is 302 per 100,000 population. The risk of you being exposed to Covid-19 is now 100 times greater than it was 4 months ago. Please limit your risk by staying at home and following public health advice.”
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said the reproduction number is 1.3 -1.4 nationally.
"Our collective goal now is to suppress transmission of the virus and bring our case numbers to manageable levels. If we work hard together to get the reproduction number to 0.5, we should succeed in reducing cases to below 100 a day in six weeks time," he said.
Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, added: “Based on our experience, widespread community transmission results in spread to vulnerable groups in congregated settings. The single most effective measure to protect vulnerable groups, including nursing homes, is to reduce community transmission significantly. Every one of us has a role to play to achieve this.”