THERE have been another 53 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Donegal this evening.
Nationally, six deaths were notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre and 431 new cases have been confirmed.
In Donegal, the additional 53 cases mean that there have been 391 cases in the last 14 days.
Donegal’s 14-day incidence rate, per 100,000 population, which stands at 245.6, is 2.7 times the national average of 87.9.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We are seeing significant and concerning indicators that this disease in moving in the wrong direction, including an increase in positivity rates and seven-day and 14-day incidence, and our five-day average has now increased to 339 cases.
“Recent international experience has demonstrated just how quickly this disease can get out of control.
“These trends are all the more troubling because of the delicate and precarious situation we are in – as a country, we are heading into a period of potential widespread inter-household and inter-generational mixing.
“This is an ideal opportunity for the virus to spread and impact on those most vulnerable to its severest effects.
Don’t give Covid-19 this chance: limit your contacts, prioritise who you meet, and let’s remain vigilant so we can get through this together. NPHET will meet tomorrow to review the epidemiological situation.”
Of the cases notified today: 185 are men and 244 are women; 67 per cent are under 45 years of age; the median age is 35 years old.
There were 134 cases in Dublin, while there were 53 in Donegal, 25 in Cavan, 24 in Louth, 22 in Mayo, and the remaining 173 cases are spread across all other remaining countiesTags: