Officials Announce 675 New Cor...


Officials Announce 675 New Coronavirus Cases and Six Further Deaths

Michael Staines
Michael Staines

06:32 28 Oct 2020

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Health officials have announced 675 new coronavirus cases this evening alongside six further deaths.

It takes the death toll in Ireland to 1,896 and the national total number of cases to 59,434.

It is the lowest daily figure recorded in nearly three weeks.

There have been 14,239 cases recorded in Ireland in the past two weeks – or 299 for every 100,000 people.

Cavan has the highest 14-day rate in the country at 811.3 followed by Meath at 597.8, Westmeath at 452.9 and Sligo at 425.7.

There has been a drop in the number of coronavirus patients in hospital over the past 24 hours, down from 341 yesterday to 328 this evening.

However, the number of people in intensive care has risen from 38 yesterday to 41 today.

The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “Everyone must be aware of the actions they should take if they have symptoms or are awaiting a test or if they are a contact of a confirmed case.

“If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate and phone your GP for further advice.

“If you have been referred for a test or are awaiting a test result, you must self-isolate.

“If you are a confirmed case of COVID-19 you must self-isolate for 10 days.

“If you are identified or have identified yourself as a close contact of a confirmed case, you must restrict your movements.

“Stay informed on the public health advice around COVID-19 and be prepared to protect yourself and those around you.”

Of the 106,124 coronavirus tests carried out in the past two week, 5.6% came back positive.

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