The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of five additional deaths related to COVID-19.
There has been a total of 1,835 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Tuesday 13th October the HPSC has been notified of 1,095 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
There is now a total of 44,159 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 529 are men / 552 are women
- 70% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 31 years old
- 246 in Dublin, 185 in Meath,128 in Cavan, 118 in Cork, 63 in Kildare and the remaining 342 cases are spread across all remaining counties.
Three of today’s cases are in Laois.
As of 2pm today 232 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU. 9 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “Today, we again report a daily new confirmed case figure over 1,000. This situation is extremely concerning. Every single one of us has a role to play.
“We each need to reduce contact with other people as much as possible, so that means staying at home, working from home where possible, practicing physical distancing and stopping discretionary socialising.”
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “People must now make choices. Stop meeting up in groups, stop socialising, stop organising play dates, parties and other social activities. People must recognise that the disease is a direct threat to themselves and their families. Now is the time for each of us to act.”
Level 4 danger
The Cabinet is to meet this around 7pm evening to discuss the latest measures introduced to tackle the spread of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.
A Government spokesperson also said that ministers would consider additional restrictions in border counties.
Earlier, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said border counties may be subject to further measures.
Mr Varadkar said the Government would respond to decisions made in Northern Ireland, but the incidence of the virus in Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan are the highest in Ireland so these counties may be subject to further restrictions.
Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for getting COVID-19:
- Distance – the risk of getting COVID-19 increases as the distance between you and others gets smaller. Keep 2 metres apart where possible
- Activity – How you spend time with people and what you do with them can increase your risk. Follow the government’s Stay Safe Guidelines when spending time with others
- Time – The more time you spend in close contact with other people can increase your risk of getting COVID-19. Keep track of who you spend time with and how
- Environment – Being outdoors is safer than being indoors. Where possible, meet with others outdoors. If this is not possible, keep windows and doors open when meeting others inside
- Symptoms – Know the symptoms. If you have them self-isolate and contact your GP immediately
Know the symptoms of COVID-19
- a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above)
- a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- flu like symptoms