A RECORD number of daily cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland this evening as health officials announced 7,836 new infections.
Of today’s cases, 231 were confirmed in Donegal, where there have now been 1,676 cases in the last 14 days.
Ireland’s 14-day incidence rate, per 100,000 population, has risen to 819.1 while in Donegal the incidence rate is 1,052.8.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The country is in a serious phase of this surge of Covid-19.
“There is evidence of an increasing presence of the UK variant in Ireland. All counties have an upward trajectory of the disease. There is concerning escalation of admissions to hospital and ICU.
“We are very likely to see escalating mortality and ICU admissions in the coming days and weeks.
“It has never been more important, throughout our experience of this pandemic, to stay home and only meet people outside of your household for essential purposes, always adhering to public health advice; physical distance, hand hygiene, cough/sneeze etiquette, wearing a face covering.”
Earlier today, 13 further Covid-19 related deaths and 1,985 new cases were confirmed in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland’s hospitals are at 102 per cent capacity with 592 Covid-19 patients in hospitals there, 44 of whom are in intensive care.Tags: