Fri, 23 Oct 2020

DUBLIN, Ireland - Another three people in Ireland have died as a result of the coronavirus disease Covid-19, as health officials warn the situation in the capital and the counties of Louth, Waterford and Donegal is deteriorating.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre provided the update on Wednesday night.

There have now been a total of 1,788 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

254 new cases of Covid-19 have also been confirmed.

"The current situation has deteriorated both in Dublin and nationally over the past week. Along with Dublin we have seen particularly concerning trends in Louth, Waterford and Donegal. It is now absolutely essential that people action public health advice and act as if they or those close to them are potentially infectious," Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said Wednesday night.

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, added: "The reproduction number is between 1.3 1.7 nationally. I am more concerned than I have been at any point since late April. Case numbers appear to be growing exponentially and are likely to double every 10 to 14 days if every one of us does not immediately act to break chains of transmission of the virus. If we do not interrupt transmission now, bring the r-number back to below 1, modelling shows that we could have 500 -1,000 cases per day by the 16th of October, 50-60% of which would be in Dublin."

Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said: "There are currently 73 COVID-19 patients in hospital, 9 of these have been admitted in the past 24 hours. 14 of these patients are in ICU. We are seeing a sharp increase in rate of admissions of COVID-19 patients into our acute hospitals. We know that without a reversal of these trends, admissions can escalate rapidly to the point where our healthcare facilities will be under unsustainable pressure. It is more essential than ever that we all adhere to the basic measures which can weaken the virus in the community."

Dr. Mary Favier, COVID-19 advisor to the Irish College of General Practitioners, added:

"While we have been conducting a large number of tests on children, thanks to the vigilance of parents around symptoms and contacting GP's with concerns, we have not witnessed a disproportionate rise in the number of confirmed cases in children."

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