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51 new COVID-19 cases in Galway – 1283 nationally, and 3 further deaths

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 1,852 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Saturday, 17 October, the HPSC has been notified of 1,283 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 49,962 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 651 are women / 628 are men
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 31 years old
  • 408 in Dublin, 156 in Cork, 88 in Kildare, 80 in Meath, 55 in Limerick and the remaining 496 cases are spread across 21 counties.

As of 2pm today 277 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. 17 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

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Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 17 Oct 2020)

(Incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 17 Oct 2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 populationNew Cases during last 14 days (4 to 17 Oct 2020)
NATIONAL1,283251.011,950
Cavan42807.3615
Meath80488.6953
Monaghan17374.7230
Donegal14345.5550
Clare21322.3383
Sligo8294.5193
Westmeath40294261
Cork156275.41,495
Galway51273.6706
Wexford35271.2406
Limerick55250.4488
Kildare88243.6542
Longford13239.898
Leitrim5224.772
Dublin408224.63,026
Roscommon27223.1144
Kerry36216319
Offaly25202.7158
Louth7187.8242
Laois23173.6147
Mayo30149.4195
Carlow20149.385
Kilkenny10146.1145
Waterford5131.7153
Wicklow31119.4170
Tipperary36109.1174
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1,031 new cases of Covid-19 – with 60 in Galway and no further deaths

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There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has now been a total of 1,852 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Sunday, 18th October, the HPSC has been notified of 1,031 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 50,993 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 511 are men / 518 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 30 years old
  • 235 in Dublin, 232 in Cork, 60 in Galway, 47 in Limerick, 47 in Kerry, and the remaining 410 cases are spread across 21 counties.

As of 2pm today, 298 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “If you have symptoms of COVID-19, if you are waiting for a test result or if you are a confirmed case, you must self-isolate for 10 days from when you first develop symptoms. Self-isolation means staying in your room, away from other members of your household.

“If you live in a house with a confirmed case do not go to work or school. You must stay at home and restrict your movements for 14 days.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

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12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today but none in ICU

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today, but none are being treated in intensive care units.

That’s according to HSE figures which show that nationally, 290 COVID-19 patients are attending acute hospitals.

10 patients are being treated for coronavirus at UHG today, while two people are receiving care at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.

However, no Covid patients are being treated in the ICU at either facility.

A further 11 patients are undergoing general treatment for suspected cases of the virus across both hospitals – with 6 at UHG and 5 at Portiuncula Hospital.

Overall, 31 patients are receiving care for COVID-19 in ICU’s across the country today – with 23 being placed on ventilators.

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Government preparing to move to level five for six weeks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A six week lockdown is on the cards as Ministers are meeting to consider moving the country to level five restrictions.

Party leaders are understood to have approved the escalation of measures and are now consulting with their party colleagues.

After senior Ministers met health officials earlier this afternoon a shift in approach was decided on.

Instead of a level 4 plus which had been talked about the recommendation gone to Ministers is to put the country to level five restrictions for six weeks.

That means the second lockdown would last until the start of December.

It’s expected the measures will take effect tomorrow midnight or Wednesday.

Level five would mean travel being limited to within 5 kilometres of your home.

It’s expected schools will be allowed to stay open.

Elite sport will be allowed to be played even under level five.

A ban on evictions will be part of the new measures while a system of fines for breaches is being finalised.

The idea of social bubbles is also still on the table to allow lonely or vulnerable people to be cared for.

All non-essential retail will close and pubs and restaurants will move to takeaway only.

The measures have yet to be signed off on by the cabinet which is meeting at the moment, but it looks like a long lockdown will be announced tonight.

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