Coronavirus: 1,205 cases and three further deaths as hospitalisations increase faster than predicted

There were three further deaths and 1,205 new cases reported in the State by the National Public Health Emergency (Nphet) team on Thursday.

This is the highest number of new confirmed cases in a day, as the previous high of 1,515 on April 10th included a large backlog from Germany laboratories.

There is now a total of 1,838 coronavirus related deaths and 46,429 confirmed cases in Ireland.

Of today’s cases 288 are in Dublin, 173 in Cork, 123 in Meath, 97 in Galway, 63 in Cavan and the remaining 461 cases are spread across all remaining counties.

As of 2pm today, 241 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 29 are in ICU. There has been 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said on Thursday evening, “There has been further increases across all key indicators of COVID-19 and the growth rate of the epidemic has accelerated since Nphet last met.

“Cases notified over the past week have increased by 82 per cent compared with the previous seven days, from 3,514 to 6,382 cases.

“The positivity rate over the past 7 days is now 6.2 per cent and is continuing to increase.”

“The 14-day incidence in those aged 65 years and older has increased from 92.9 per 100,000 population on 7th October to 125 per 100,000 population on the 14th of October.

“The number of hospitalisations are increasing faster than the exponential growth modelling predicted. This indicates a rapidly deteriorating disease trajectory nationally.”

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer said; “There is now a deteriorating epidemiological landscape across the EU. Many EU countries are experiencing increasing hospitalisations, ICU admissions and deaths related to Covid-19.

“Our priorities remain focused on protecting the medically and socially vulnerable, protecting childcare and education settings and preventing unnecessary disruption to non-Covid health and social care services.”

Level 4 ‘likely but not inevitable’

The latest figures come as a senior Government minister said it is “likely” but “not inevitable” the State will have to go to heightened Level 4 restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris. Photograph: Julien Behal
Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris. Photograph: Julien Behal

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris said he hoped that the “enhanced Level 3” measures would have an impact on the rising levels of transmissions.