Saturday, October 17, 2020

There have been eight new deaths and 1,276 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in the State this evening.

Of the eight deaths related to Covid-19 confirmed today, one occurred in June, two in September and five in October. There has now been a total of 1,849 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today, 69 per cent are under 45 years of age, with a median age of 31 years old.

A crucial meeting is currently underway in Dublin between senior Government members and public health officials as they prepare a decision on moving the country to Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) has recommended that every county move to Level 5 restrictions for six weeks to regain control of the disease, which would mean everyone must stay within 5 kilometres of their home.

Yesterday saw 1,000 further positive cases of Covid-19 confirmed in the State in the third day in a row that new confirmed cases have hit four figures. There are 260 patients being treated for the disease in hospital today, with 30 in intensive care.

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Confusion has surrounded new “circuit breaker” lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland which came into force yesterday evening, as fans turned up for a premiership clash in Coleraine Showgrounds.

A further 1,031 cases and two deaths related to the virus have been confirmed in the region in the last 24-hour reporting period.

With the Republic’s highest figure of daily cases since the pandemic began announced on Thursday, multiple other European countries have reported record daily totals of Covid-19 cases this week as a second wave sweeps across the continent.

In Italy, the figure has exceeded 10,000 for the first time, while Germany announced a new daily record of over 7,300 new cases yesterday.

A four-week night time curfew is also in place in France, as over 55,000 cases have been confirmed there since Thursday.

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