Covid-19: Seven deaths and 243 cases in Ireland

91 of today’s cases are in Dublin, with 26 in Donegal and 18 in Cork
Covid-19: Seven deaths and 243 cases in Ireland

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

There have been seven further deaths related to Covid-19, it has been announced.

There has also been a further 243 cases of the virus in Ireland.

The death toll from the disease has now risen to 2,050 while there have been 71,942 cases in total.

91 of today’s cases are in Dublin, with 26 in Donegal and 18 in Cork.

There are 16 cases in Waterford, 15 in Limerick, and the remaining 77 cases are spread across another 18 counties.

Of today's cases: 

  • 137 are men / 104 are women 
  • 71% are under 45 years of age 
  • The median age is 32 years old.

The 14-day incidence rate for the whole country is below 100 for the second day running - it currently stands at 93.7.

Donegal continues to be the county with the highest 14-day incidence rate with 215.2. It is followed by Louth (191.6) and Limerick (170.9).

A statement revealed that as of 2pm today, there are 254 Covid-19 patients in hospital, of which 31 are in ICU.

There has been 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The figures come one day after the Government announced the plan the exit the level 5 restrictions.

From December 1, Ireland will move to level 3 of the Living with Covid plan, some exceptions in place for Christmas.

The move to Level 3 will allow all retail, including non-essential stores re-open along with gyms, churches, museums, galleries and cinemas.

The re-opening of retail will see more than 30,000 people return to work.

In a letter to the Government that was revealed yesterday, Nphet warned that Ireland is in a "precarious" position in the fight against Covid-19 which is why the hospitality sector should not open in December.

The stark letter to the Government on the latest coronavirus outlook, Dr Tony Holohan made stark warnings about the impacts that opening up the economy, which the government announced it would do, could have.

In Northern Ireland, it was confirmed that nine more people have died after contracting coronavirus.

An additional 315 cases of the virus have also been confirmed cases in the past 24 hours.

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