The number of cases of Covid-19 continues to rise, both in Cork and nationwide.
As of midnight Friday October 9, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been notified of 1,012 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 112 of them in Cork.
The HPSC has also today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
“I am very worried about the numbers we are seeing and how quickly they are deteriorating," Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said.
“All of today’s 1,012 cases were notified to the HPSC over a period of 24 hours up to midnight.
“The 14-day incidence rate has increased from 108 per 100,000 last Sunday to 150 per 100,000 today, which represents a 39% increase.
“All of the important indicators of the disease are deteriorating. For example, there has been a consistent increase in test positivity over the past week. The test positivity rate up to midnight Friday 9th October was 6.2%, which has more than doubled in less than a fortnight.
“Case numbers are growing across all age groups and throughout the country.”
Of the cases notified today -
511 are men / 496 are women
71% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 30 years old
241 in Dublin, 112 in Cork, 80 in Cavan, 72 in Meath, 66 in Galway, and the remaining 441 cases are spread across 21 other counties.
As of 2pm today 199 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “In the past 24 hours, there have been 35 new admissions of laboratory confirmed cases to hospital and 4 new admissions to ICU. There are now 199 people in hospital and 31 in ICU. Every age group, location and household needs to act now, limit your contacts and stop the disease in its tracks.”