NPHET meet today to review surge in cases in Dublin and Limerick

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is due to meet today to discuss the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases being reported in Ireland.

The meeting has been called as there have now been 1,781 coronavirus-related deaths, and a total of 30,164 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland.

NPHET recently said that Dublin was the location of a vast increase in the number of cases nationally, while data shows that around half of all new cases in Dublin are being transmitted in private households.

Meanwhile, the 14-day incidence rate in Dublin has risen to 70.8 cases per 100,000 people, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre - this rate was 53.2 six days ago.

Speaking about the increase in cases ahead of this morning's meeting, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said; "If something does not change, we will be in a worse position in a few weeks' time".

Of the 84 new cases reported on Wednesday evening, 51 were in Dublin 51, 6 in Offaly, 5 in Kildare, and the remaining 22 cases are located in Cork, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Meath, Roscommon, Tipperary, Westmeath, and Wicklow.

30% were confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or as close contacts of a confirmed case, while 8 cases have been identified as community transmission.