Three more people have died with Covid-19.
There have also been a further 254 cases of the virus confirmed.
— Department of Health (@roinnslainte) September 16, 2020
Of the cases notified today;
- 115 are men / 133 are women
- 65% are under 45 years of age
- 61% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
- 24 cases have been identified as community transmission
- 136 in Dublin, 20 in Donegal, 13 in Louth, 12 in Wicklow, 9 in Waterford, 7 Carlow, 7 in Cork, 6 in Galway, 5 in Kerry, 5 in Wexford and the remaining 28 cases are located in Clare, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said;
"The current situation has deteriorated both in Dublin and nationally over the past week."
"Along with Dublin we have seen particularly concerning trends in Louth, Waterford and Donegal."
"It is now absolutely essential that people action public health advice and act as if they or those close to them are potentially infectious."
The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said
“The reproduction number is between 1.3 – 1.7 nationally."
"I am more concerned than I have been at any point since late April."
"Case numbers appear to be growing exponentially and are likely to double every 10 to 14 days if every one of us does not immediately act to break chains of transmission of the virus."
"If we do not interrupt transmission now, bring the r-number back to below 1, modelling shows that we could have 500 -1,000 cases per day by the 16th of October, 50-60% of which would be in Dublin.”