COVID-19: 1,276 new cases as 8 further deaths notified to HPSC

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

Of these, 1 occurred in June, 2 in September and 5 in October.

There has been a total of 1,849 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Friday, 16 October, the HPSC has been notified of 1,276 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There is now a total of 48,678 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 644 are men / 631 are women

  • 69% are under 45 years of age

  • The median age is 31 years old

  • 278 in Dublin, 149 in Cork, 108 in Meath, 107 in Galway, 80 in Wexford, and theremaining 554 cases are spread across 21 counties.

As of 2pm today 260 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU. 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

TheCOVID-19 Dashboardprovides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Government officials are meeting with the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) to discuss the recommendation from NPHET to move to level five restrictions.

Dr Tony Holohan, alongside Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn and Professor Philip Nolan, entered government buildings this afternoon.

There, they are meeting with the Taoiseach, Tnaiste and Eamon Ryan, as well as the Ministers for health, finance, and public expenditure.