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COVID-19: 2,466 new cases in Ireland, with 90 patients in ICU

Latest figures from the Department of Health show there have been 2,466 new cases of COVID-19 rep...
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

17.03 22 Oct 2021


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COVID-19: 2,466 new cases in I...

COVID-19: 2,466 new cases in Ireland, with 90 patients in ICU

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

17.03 22 Oct 2021


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Latest figures from the Department of Health show there have been 2,466 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Ireland today.

Today’s cases mean the five-day moving average of new cases has risen to 2,124.

The five-day moving average of new COVID-19 cases is now 2,124

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As of this morning, there were 457 patients with the virus being treated in Irish hospitals - an increase of nine compared to yesterday.

The number of patients in ICU has continued to rise and now stands at 90.

In a statement, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “The bank holiday weekend will bring increased levels of socialising across the country. With the current trajectory of the disease in Ireland it is important that every individual knows and acts on the basic measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“Keep social distance, wear a face mask appropriately, wash your hands regularly and manage your contacts.

"If you are meeting indoors with others, ensure the room is well ventilated, avoid crowded situations and if it feels like an unsafe environment, leave."

HSE boss Paul Reid earlier said he’s “quite nervous” about the impact the virus could have on the health service this winter.

He says the HSE is managing at the moment, but several hospitals are “under stress” at the moment.

Today also marks the further easing of restrictions, with nightclubs reopening tonight for the first time in 18 months.

Some restrictions will remain in place, however - including the use of COVID certs for access to indoor venues.

Main image: Dr Tony Holohan. Picture by: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

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