108 Covid-19 cases reported in Meath

As the Government considers the recommendation from the National Public Health Emergency Team to move to Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions, figures released this evening showed the worrying trend of infection continuing to rise.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

Of these, 1 occurred in June, 2 in September and 5 in October.

There has been a total of 1,849 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Friday, 16 October, the HPSC has been notified of 1,276 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 48,678 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

644 are men / 631 are women

69% are under 45 years of age

the median age is 31 years old

278 in Dublin, 149 in Cork, 108 in Meath, 107 in Galway, 80 in Wexford, and the remaining 554 cases are spread across 21 counties.

There have been 578 cases in Meath over the last 14 days (up to the 15th October) the second highest increase rate in the country just behind Cavan.

As of 2pm today 260 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU. 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Any decision to move to Level 5 would require a meeting of the wider Cabinet, but so far no such meeting is planned for this weekend.

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