There have been renewed calls for further lockdown measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, after Ireland recorded the highest number of cases since the height of the pandemic in April.
1,012 new cases were recorded in the 24 hours up to midnight on Friday - the highest daily number of cases yet recorded that did not include any backlog. 112 of the cases were in Cork, following on from 107 cases in the county on Friday
Three further deaths were reported, meaning the the total number Covid-19 related deaths has now reached 1,824 in the State.
Infectious diseases specialist Professor Sam McConkey has said the country cannot wait until its hospitals are overwhelmed to take action.
“Waiting until they’re overwhelmed is almost like saying, oh we got hit bad in March and April, 1,800 people died, let’s just wait for that to happen again and then we’ll react,” he said.
“That’s about half the number of people who died in the Troubles in Northern Ireland. It’s about half the people who died in the 9/11 event, it’s about nine jumbo jets, 737s, so waiting for that to happen a second time rather than acting to prevent it, in my view, is bad public policy.”
It comes as yesterday evening, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said all of the important indicators of the disease were deteriorating.
“I am very worried about the numbers we are seeing and how quickly they are deteriorating,” he said.
“The 14-day incidence rate has increased from 108 per 100,000 last Sunday, to 150 per 100,000 today, which represents a 39 per cent increase,” he said, adding that the test positivity rate had also “more than doubled in less than a fortnight,” now standing at 6.2 per cent.
Hospitals admissions for Covid-19 have reached a four month high, after 18 new admissions were confirmed yesterday with 20 the day before.
As of yesterday evening, 194 people were currently hospitalised with the disease, with a further 31 people being treated in intensive care units.