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Coronavirus: No further deaths and 242 new cases confirmed in Ireland

The National Public Health Emergency Team confirmed the latest figures this evening.

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan
Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan
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A FURTHER 242 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has said this evening.

In a statement, it said that no further deaths due to Covid-19 have been reported.

There have been 2,099 Covid-19-related deaths in Ireland so far, along with 74,468 confirmed cases.

As of 2pm today, there were 233 patients with Covid-19 in hospital. Of these, 28 are in intensive care. 

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population is now at 80.4. The highest incidence rate can be found in Donegal with 232.4. The other areas with the highest incidence of Covid-19 in the past two weeks is Kilkenny (172.3) and Louth (156.7).

The county with the lowest incidence is Leitrim (15.6).

Earlier today, a further nine people in Northern Ireland with Covid-19 were confirmed to have died. A further 397 people also tested positive for Covid-19.

At tonight’s press briefing, chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said he felt Dublin city centre was a “little busier” than he thought it may be when he visited it this weekend.

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But, he added: “We’ve no reason to believe there’s not high levels of compliance.”

Dr Holohan said that we now have opportunities to do a number of activities with the loosening of restrictions but that doesn’t mean we should do all of them. 

“ If you do all of those things, you’ll increase your opportunity to get this infection,” he said. 

He added that while it is possible there will be a surge in cases in the new year, there are reasons to be hopeful. This includes our situation compared to others in Europe and the expected rollout of a vaccine in the coming weeks and months. 

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