THERE have been 58 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Donegal today.
The latest figures released this evening show 613 new cases have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
Some 58 of those are in Donegal, where the 14-day incidence rate is the highest in the country at 233.1.
Since the outbreak, there have now been 1,071 Covid-19 infections in Donegal.
The HPSC has been informed that there have been ten more Covid-19 related deaths record in Ireland. However, eight of those deaths occurred prior to September 2020.
In total, there have been 1,819 deaths and 37,668 cases in Ireland.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “The numbers being reported today and over the past week represent a significant escalation in the profile of COVID-19 in Ireland.
“For those aged 70+ and those who are medically vulnerable to Covid-19, it is strongly recommended that you should limit the number of people you meet to a very small core group of family members, carers or friends, for short periods of time, while remaining physically distant.
“We need to work together once again to make a significant impact on the number of cases in the community, and ultimately to reduce the number of people getting sick, being admitted to hospital and critical care, while protecting non-Covid healthcare services.
“I urge people in every county to follow the public health advice to stop the further spread of COVID-19.”
Of the cases notified today: 315 are men / 294 are women; 68 per cent are under 45 years of age;30 per cent are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case; 58 cases have been identified as community transmission.
224 of the cases are in Dublin, 58 in Donegal, 46 in Cork, 44 in Kildare,31 in Limerick, 28 in Laois, 21 in Kerry, 19 in Galway, 17 in Clare, 13 in Meath, 12 in Louth, 12 in Monaghan, 9 in Offaly, 9 in Tipperary, 9 in Wicklow, 8 in Cavan, 8 in Wexford, 7 in Carlow, 7 in Sligo, 7 in Roscommon, 6 in Mayo , 5 in Kilkenny, 5 in Westmeath, with the remaining 7 cases in 3 counties.