Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team – 5th October

October 5, 2020 0

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. There has been a total of 1,810 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight Sunday 4 October the HPSC has been notified of 518 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There has now been a total of 38,549* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

(*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 38,549 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 252 are men and 266 are women
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • 30% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 78 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 134 are in Dublin, 53 in Cork, 49 in Limerick, 34 in Donegal, 32 in Meath and the remaining 216 cases are spread across 20 counties

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

We have seen in recent days a significant and concerning deterioration in the epidemiological situation nationally. It is vital that we do everything in our power now to arrest the current trajectory nationally and very substantially suppress the virus back down to a low level of transmission in advance of the winter months.

Do not become distracted from the core public health messages; wash hands regularly, keep your distance, wear face coverings where appropriate, avoid crowded environments, cut your social contacts down to minimum levels, know the symptoms and isolate yourself and contact your GP immediately if you experience them.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

Our core priorities have to be protected. We must work together to keep our non-COVID health services open, keep our children in education and protect the lives of the most vulnerable to this disease.

Solidarity is now more important than ever as we work to once again suppress this virus in our communities.

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