Covid-19: Case numbers could soar to 1,000 per day in Ireland as 188 new cases confirmed 

Covid-19: Case numbers could soar to 1,000 per day in Ireland as 188 new cases confirmed 

There were no new deaths reported from Covid-19 in Ireland today. Picture: Stephen Collins / Collins Photos

188 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) today. 

There have been no new deaths from the virus confirmed in Ireland. 

This means the total number of deaths related to the disease in Ireland remains at 1,792 while there have been a total of 33,121 confirmed Covid-19 cases. 

A breakdown of the case data released from the HPSC today shows: 

  • 96 are men / 90 are women 
  • 71% are under 45 years of age 
  • 36% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case 
  • 19 cases have been identified as community transmission 
  • 76 cases are in Dublin, 25 in Cork, 21 in Donegal, 16 in Kildare, 13 in Galway, 7 in Roscommon and 7 in Waterford 
  • The remaining 23 cases are spread across 12 counties. 

The Health Service Executive (HSE) have said contact tracing is taking place for the patients to prevent further spread of the virus. 

In response to the latest case numbers, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said the smallest steps in solidarity by the public is the best defence against coronavirus. 

“The spirit of the response to Covid-19 since the outset of this pandemic has been solidarity and cooperation. 

While this pandemic is a uniquely challenging time for everyone, we can and will support one another in getting through this.

“Encourage your family and friends to heed the public health advice. Now more than ever, we need to work collectively. Our individual actions count on a population level," Dr Glynn said. 

Dr Glynn said that the public need to continue to heed public health guidelines and that collective action through these individual measures are very important. 

“Every one of us doing our bit in our daily lives - halving our social contacts, working from home, keeping our distance, wearing a face covering, washing our hands - matters a great deal. 

"These small, positive steps taken together amount to our best and strongest defence against the virus,” said Dr Glynn. 

Dr Glynn's appeals for renewed public solidarity in the face of the pandemic follow claims that the number of daily Covid-19 cases across Ireland could soar to 1,000 in a month if the current progress of the virus remains unchanged.

Liz Canavan, Assistant Secretary General at Department of the Taoiseach, said the profile of the disease in Dublin is at an “extremely critical juncture”.

Ms Canavan warned up to 60% of these daily cases could be in Dublin.

Dublin is facing stricter health measures including a ban on indoor social gatherings and a requirement for pubs and restaurants to only serve food outdoors, while travel in and out of the county has been limited to work, education and essential purposes.

Ms Canavan said the measures in level three of the Covid-19 five-tier response plan are targeted specifically at reducing the level of social contacts and congregation.

She told a Covid-19 briefing: “If the current progress of the virus remains unchanged, based on the modelling available to us, we believe there will be between 500 and 1,000 cases per day in a month’s time, 50% to 60% of which will be in Dublin.

“The Government took the decision to place the entire county of Dublin on level three of the framework.

This action was based on a review of the public health advice and in response to deteriorating situation of the virus in Dublin.

“The decision has been taken to protect our priorities, we must protect the most vulnerable, resume non-Covid health and social care and maintain educational activities.

“These choices are incredibly difficult to make but the situation is such that we have to be decisive.” The restrictions in Dublin will be in place until October 9.

It will then be reviewed by Government based on the state of the virus.

Ms Canavan urged the public to co-operate with public health measures.

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the rise in case numbers in Louth, Donegal and Waterford is a "cause for concern" and is being “monitored closely”.

There is growing speculation the three counties will move to a higher level of restrictions but Mr Martin said a move from level 2 to level 3 is “a significant move” and not done lightly.

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