Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

18.12 15 Oct 2020


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There have been 1,205 new coronavirus cases in the Republic.

Three further deaths have also been reported.

It brings the number of cases to date to 46,429, and the number of deaths to 1,205.

It's the second day in a row of record new cases.

Of today's cases, 288 were in Dublin, 173 in Cork, 123 in Meath, 97 in Galway, 63 in Cavan and the remaining cases were spread across all other counties.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “Cases notified over the past week have increased by 82% compared with the previous 7 days, from 3,514 to 6,382 cases.

"The number of hospitalisations are increasing faster than the exponential growth modelling predicted.

"This indicates a rapidly deteriorating disease trajectory nationally."

The 14-day incidence rate for the country has now risen above 206 per 100,000 population, with the highest rates being recorded in Cavan (639 per 100,000) and Donegal (367 per 100,000).

Current estimates suggest the reproduction number of the virus is now at 1.4 nationally.

Latest figures show 238 confirmed COVID-19 patients in hospitals, including 29 in ICU.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid today said hospitals are coping for now, but added that officials are very concerned about the situation as we head into the winter months.

You can find the full breakdown of today's new cases below:

Main image: File photo of Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: RollingNews.ie

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