THERE have been another 34 positive cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Donegal.
Nationally today, there were 518 new cases and no further deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
Today’s figures mean that there have been 241 cases in Donegal in the last week.
Of the cases notified today: 252 are men and 266 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; 78 cases have been identified as community transmission.
Of today’s cases, 134 are in Dublin, 53 in Cork, 49 in Limerick, 34 in Donegal, 32 in Meath and the remaining 216 cases are spread across 20 counties
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We have seen in recent days a significant and concerning deterioration in the epidemiological situation nationally.
“It is vital that we do everything in our power now to arrest the current trajectory nationally and very substantially suppress the virus back down to a low level of transmission in advance of the winter months.
“Do not become distracted from the core public health messages; wash hands regularly, keep your distance, wear face coverings where appropriate, avoid crowded environments, cut your social contacts down to minimum levels, know the symptoms and isolate yourself and contact your GP immediately if you experience them.”
Nine days after being placed onto Level 3 restrictions, Donegal’s incidence rate now stands at 265.1 per 100,000 people – the highest rate in the country.
Today’s rate in the county is an increase from 257.1 yesterday.
The national rate has fallen to 107.4 from 108.0.
In Dublin, the rate has dropped to 162.6 in the last 24 hours.
Earlier today, 616 new cases were confirmed in Northern Ireland. In the last seven days, there have been 3,630 new cases in the region, where the death toll remains at 584.
In total, there have been 14,690 cases in Northern Ireland.
New restrictions came into force in the Derry City and Strabane council area today with pubs, cafes and restaurants now confined to takeaway, delivery and outdoor dining. People in the area to limit their use of public transport, work from home where possible and sporting fixtures will be held behind closed doors.Tags: