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Two weeks to get back on track as 173 new Covid cases recorded in Dublin

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of four additional deaths related to Covid-19.

There has been a total of 2,010 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Wednesday 18th November, the HPSC has been notified of 429 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 69,473 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

194 are men / 234 are women
69% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 34 years old

There were 173 in Dublin, 44 in Cork, 26 in Donegal, 22 in Louth, 21 in Kildare and the remaining 143 cases are spread across the remaining 20 counties.

As of 2pm today 290 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “In our objective to use a six-week period to drive down Covid-19 infection in the community, our progress has stalled in the last week.

“We now have two weeks to get back on track. Drive down the disease by limiting the number of daily contacts you have. Work from home, stay at home and follow public health advice to get us to a reproduction number below 0.5 by December 1.”

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Deaths associated with Covid-19 have increased by 18 per cent  in the European region over the past fortnight.

Last week alone, Europe registered over 29,000 new deaths. That is one person dying every 17 seconds. We have made significant progress in Ireland over recent weeks, but the disease and its risks have not changed. Please continue in your efforts to follow public health advice, limit the transmission of COVID-19 in Ireland and protect those who are most vulnerable in our families and across our communities.”

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