Covid Rate ‘Very High’ With Over 44k Cases Reported in Two Weeks

The Department of Health has been notified of 3,578 additional cases of Covid-19.

The number of patients in ICU with Covid-19 is 83, an increase of five on the same time yesterday.

There are 520 patients in hospital, which is up 22 on the same time yesterday morning.

It is also the highest number in hospital since 1 March, when there were 540 patients with Covid-19.

The hospitals with the highest number of Covid-19 cases are St James’s in Dublin with 44, University Hospital Limerick with 37 and the Regional Hospital Mullingar with 33.

There are 15 adult ICU beds free in the public system.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “We have reported over 44,000 cases in the past 14 days.

“The volume of disease in the community is really very high and represents a significant risk to those who are most vulnerable in our society.

“We need to continue to use all of the tools available to us to protect ourselves and others. By layering all of the public health measures with which we are now so familiar, we can help to break the chains of transmission.”

In Northern Ireland, the Department of Health has reported a further seven deaths of patients who had previously tested positive for Covid-19.

There were also 1,228 new cases of the virus notified today.

This morning, there were 395 Covid-positive patients in hospital, with 39 in intensive care.

Data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows that as of midnight on 7 November, Ireland’s 14-day incidence of Covid-19 is 895 cases for every 100,000 people.

The counties with the biggest incidence are Waterford with 1,357 cases for every 100,000 people; Carlow has 1,273 cases for every 100,000 and Leitrim has 1,189 cases for every 100,000 people.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said the continued decline of Covid incidence in the older population is likely to be at least partly attributable to booster vaccination, alongside continuing adherence to public health measures.

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