Covid-19 latest: CMO warns of 'widespread community transmission' as more than 140 cases reported in Cork 

Covid-19 latest: CMO warns of 'widespread community transmission' as more than 140 cases reported in Cork 

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

Numbers of Covid-19 cases in Cork remain high, with 141 new cases reported today. 

This continues a run of high case numbers here. 623 Covid-19 cases were reported in Cork in the 7-day period from October 5 to October 11.

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

As of midnight Monday October 12 the HPSC has been notified of 811 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including the 141 in Cork. 

Of the cases notified today -

- 415 are men / 396 are women 

- 70% are under 45 years of age 

- The median age is 30 years old 

- 190 in Dublin, 141 in Cork, 62 in Wexford, 51 in Kerry, 50 in Clare and the remaining 317 cases are spread across all remaining counties.

As of 2pm today, 234 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 32 are in ICU. 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

“We have widespread community transmission in the country," Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said. "The spread of COVID-19 is a whole population issue, which is why we’re appealing to every single individual, every single family, household, organisation, workplace, to act on public health advice. 

"You are the frontline defence against this disease.” 

 Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “If we see community transmission patterns continuing to grow, we’re going to see more vulnerable groups being infected and the result of that, unfortunately will be further hospitalisations and deaths. Limiting your contacts, avoiding crowds and following basic public health measures will ultimately save lives.” 

Last night, Dr Corinna Sadlier, a consultant in infectious diseases at CUH urged people to take action to reduce the spread of the virus.

In a post on social media, Dr Sadlier said: “We have a short window in which to act- strong and unified community effort required. Cork #crushedthecurve in March. We can do it again now.”

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