Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

17.37 20 Jul 2021


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There have been 1,110 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Ireland today.

The daily number of new cases has now been above 1,000 for five consecutive days, with almost 7,700 cases over the last seven days alone.

In a statement, the Department of Health said the highest 14-day incidence rates are in Donegal, Louth, Dublin, Limerick and Galway.

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The five-day moving average of new cases currently stands at 1,182.

The five-day moving average of new COVID-19 cases now stands at 1,182

As of this morning, the number of COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals had dropped to 89, compared to 101 yesterday.

The number of people being treated in intensive care has remained steady, with 21 COVID-19 patients in ICUs.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said COVID-19 testing positivity rates have risen in many areas - as high as 25% in some regions, and 10% in many counties.

He said: “The more widespread it is in the community, the more it can breakthrough to those vaccinated.

“For a few weeks, let's all take care, aim to see this off & reduce illness.”

The HSE today said close contacts of someone with COVID-19 are expected to be given rapid antigen tests to do themselves from next week, rather than the usual PCR test.

Main image (L to R): Professor Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committe with Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group at a health briefing. Photograph: Eamon Farrell / RollingNews.ie

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