ANOTHER 1,413 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by Irish health officials today.
Eleven Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Ireland in the past week, between 8th and 14th September.
There have been 189 Covid-19 related deaths in Donegal since the pandemic began, the HPSC reports.
As of 8am today, 290 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised in Ireland, of which 67 are in ICU.
There are 23 Covid-19 patients at Letterkenny University Hospital. As of 8pm last night, there was three confirmed Covid-19 patients in ICU at the hospital.
Chair of NPHET modelling Professor Philip Nolan said testing in children aged 5-12 has quadrupled over the last three weeks.
“We have seen a huge increase in demand for testing of asymptomatic children who have come in contact with an infected person,” Prof Nolan said.
“The massive increase in testing has yielded a much smaller increase in the number of infections detected, and it is likely that there is at worst a modest increase in incidence in children of primary school age coincident with the opening of schools.
“What we are seeing is the benefits of very widespread vaccination – almost 90% of those aged 16 and over – along with population-wide adherence to basic mitigation measures. Incidence will decline further, reducing risk for all, if we stick with these measures.”