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Coronavirus - 13 Deaths Reported With 1,269 New Cases Today

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06:12 20 Oct 2020


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13 more Covid-19 deaths have been confirmed and 1,269 cases.

221 of the cases are in Meath, 203 in Dublin, 116 in Cork, 80 in Cavan and 649 cases are spread across all remaining counties.

312 patients are in hospital with disease.

From those, medics are treating 34 in intensive care units.

Coronavirus - It's Down To Us Now Says CMO

While the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, it's now down to everyone to stop this.

"We have a substantial burden of infection that's increasing within the population."

He says he, "can see substantial changes in the hospitalisation rate."

"We have reported a significant number of deaths today."

"All of those from recent days."

"This is telling is that the burden of infection and the impact it's having is increasing."

"The government has made a series of very significant decisions in recent days."

"Now it's over to us as individuals in society to do everything that we can."

 

Doctor Wants Test And Trace Expanded

GP Maitiu O'Tuathail says the first lockdown was inevitable.

He called the second 'unfortunate' and if there's a third it will be 'unforgivable'.

Maitiu has also called for a dramatic expansion the contact tracing system, and include cross border tracing;

"Most people are able to get a test within a day and a result within two days."

"However contact tracing has essentially collapsed."

"We simply don't have the capacity to contact trace a thousand people every single day in Ireland."

"So I think that's why there's a pressing need to lock down."

"We need to pull those numbers back so we can contact trace them again."

Additional Reporting From Kacey O'Riordan At The Department Of Health

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