COVID-19: Four more deaths, 442 additional cases


The Department of Health is reporting a further four deaths from COVID-19 in Ireland, while an additional 442 cases have been confirmed here.


The death toll from coronavirus in Ireland has now reached 1,806, while there has been a total of 36,597 cases here since the pandemic began.


Two thirds of today's reported cases are under the age of 45, while 69 cases are associated with community transmission.


This is most likely attributed to the return of schools and universities, meaning younger people are facing more risk of exposure to the virus.


Dublin accounts for the most cases in today's figures, with 170 new cases confirmed in the capital up to midnight last night.


 




Cork, which is being monitored closely by the National Public Health Emergency Team, follows Dublin on 47 new cases, while Donegal has 28.


Meath makes up 23 of the latest cases, while Galway is on 21, with Monaghan just behind that on 20 new cases.


Clare and Roscommon account for 14 and 12 respectively, with 11 each in Longford and Laois.


Limerick, Tipperary, and Cavan each have ten new cases, with nine in Kidlare and eight in Wicklow.


There's five new cases in each of Louth and Wexford, while the remaining 28 cases are scattered throughout nine other counties.


The national COVID-19 incidence rate per 100k people is now lingering over 90 for the last two weeks, having almost tripled since the start of September.


 




Over 7,000 cases were identified last month, leading to the NPHET's recommendation today to limit household gatherings across the country to just six visitors from one other home.


Several counties will breathe a sigh of relief that they won't be descending into level three of coronavirus restrictions, with Galway, Roscommon, Cork, and Monaghan all being monitored by NPHET as their case loads rise.


Extension of Level 2, with further limits on household meetings


NPHET released a further press release this evening, stating that the situation had deteriorated over the last week.


Public health officials now estimate the reproductive rate of the virus to be between 1.2 and 1.4, with indicators suggesting the severity of the virus was increasing in some patients.


NPHET outlines that their current advice to government stands, with home social encounters limited to just two households from now on.


Meaning you can only have up to six visitors from one other home.


Also outlined in the statement is that level two restrictions should be maintained across the country for a further three weeks, while Dublin and Donegal will remain at level three for the same extension.


As it stands, there are 119 people in hospital with COVID-19, with 20 in intensive care units.


Reports are emerging that the government will formally accept NPHET advice on restrictions.