LATEST: Kilkenny among 1,205 new cases of virus as three more deaths confirmed
A further three more people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 1,205 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.
It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 1,838. There are now 46,429 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
The breakdown of the latest cases is as follows: 288 are in Dublin, 173 Cork, 123 in Meath, 97 in Galway 63 in Cavan with the remaining 461 cases spread across all remaining counties.
The latest cases were confirmed after the head of the Health Service Executive (HSE) warned of a “concerning growth” in the number of Covid-19 patients being admitted to hospital.
Speaking at the HSE’s weekly briefing, chief exectuive Paul Reid confirmed 238 people are currently in hospital with Covid-19, an increase of 24 on the previous 24 hours. The number of people in intensive care units has fallen slightly to 29.
Mr Reid said that of the 8,500 people who have contracted the virus between September 29 and October 12, 245 people have been admitted to hospital, with 22 admitted to ICU.
The healh service chief also confirmed that the number of Covid-19 patients who require ventilation has risen in the last few days. Mr Reid said he would “not take any comfort from the number of people who are in ICU”.
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