Double digit increase in Covid-19 cases in Offaly today
After ten days of registering increases of less than five new cases per day, and two days with no new cases, Offaly has recorded a double digit increase in new Covid-19 cases today.
According to the latest figures from the National Public Health Emergency Team, there were ten new cases in Offaly as of midnight, Saturday, December 12.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of one additional death related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 2,124 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Saturday, December 12, the HPSC has been notified of 429 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There has now been a total of 76,185 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today 122 were in Dublin, 46 in Donegal, 30 in Limerick, 22 in Laois, 20 in Cork and the remaining 189 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm today 193 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 13 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Today, I am concerned that we are seeing the incidence of COVID-19 rising again. 429 is a large number of cases by the standard of recent weeks and the five day moving average has now increased above 300 per day.
“Our efforts in Level 5 in recent weeks brought the 14-day incidence rate down to 78 per 100,000 population, put us in a position of having the lowest disease incidence in Europe and ultimately protected many people and saved many lives.
“Take today’s figures as a sign that we all must now reduce our social contacts, limit our interactions with those outside our households, weigh the risks of what socialising we are planning over the next two weeks, so that we can all have as safe a Christmas as possible.”
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