66 new cases of Covid-19 in Kildare today

66 new cases of Covid-19 in Kildare today

A further 46 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the Republic have died, the highest number of fatalities reported in one day since April.

The number of patients in intensive care rose to 158, surpassing the peak of 155 last spring.

Some 3,086 new cases of the virus have also been notified to the Department of Health.

The latest figures from the Health Department on Sunday saw a further 17 deaths due to Covid-19 and 1,112 additional positive cases in the region.

1,513 cases are in Dublin, 695 in Cork, 320 in Limerick, 305 in Wexford, 225 in Galway and the remaining 1,871 cases are spread across all other counties.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: "Unfortunately this evening we are seeing the effect of the recent surge of infections reflected in the increased mortality we are reporting". Ten of the people diagnosed with the disease at the hospital are in ICU.

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief clinical officer, stated at least 1 in a few clients admitted to healthcare facility or significant treatment this thirty day period have been under the age of 65.

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Some 40% of Ireland's most recent positive cases of COVID-19 are caused by the more contagious United Kingdom variant, said Cillian De Gascun, director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, in a statement on Monday.

"This will only continue if every one of us is committed to following the public health advice to stay at home and work from home as much as possible".

Dr Cillian De Gascun, Medical Virologist and Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory said further testing of Covid samples indicates that the United Kingdom variant continues to account for an increasing number of cases. We have patients in their 80s.

The forecast is that there could be between 2,000 to 2,500 Covid-19 patients in hospital nationally in up to two weeks time and 200 to 400 patients needing intensive care.

Earlier this week, Ireland was named as having the worst Covid-19 infection rate in all of Europe, with more than 45,000 new cases of the virus in one week; but with cases continuing to spike exponentially in nearly every county, Ireland is now the worst-hit country in the world with the disease.

"But we have patients who are a lot younger and in their 50s". They are our very last line of defence against Covid-19.

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