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IRELAND’S 14-day Covid-19 incidence rate has soared to 42.3 per 100,000 people – up from 34.4 from the same time last week.
The incidence of coronavirus cases in Dublin per 100,000 of population is now at 79.3, up from 78.3 the previous day.
And Limerick’s incidence rate has fallen back slightly from 69.3 to 64.1 based on cases reported in Ireland up to midnight on September 11.
2,016 cases were reported in Ireland from August 29 to September 11, 1,068 of these in Dublin, according to HPSC figures.
The next highest case total for the same time period was Kildare, where 127 cases were diagnosed, followed by Limerick with 125.
Kildare’s incidence rate has dropped from the previous day – now at 57.1, down from 62.5.
220 of the 2,016 cases were among healthcare workers and the median age of cases over the two-week period was 33.
In the capital, Dublin South East’s incidence rate is highest at 101.9 per 100,000, followed by Dublin North West at 100.6.
The 14-day incidence rate for Dublin West is 82.4, it’s 78.7 in Dublin North, 77.7 in Dublin South West, 76.3 in Dublin North Central and 76.0 in Dublin South City.
Up to 8pm on Saturday night, 54 confirmed Covid-19 patients and 89 awaiting test results were admitted to Irish hospitals.
Beaumont is caring for the most confirmed patients with 13, while seven are in the Mater.
Nine patients with confirmed coronavirus are in intensive care, and all nine of these are on ventilators.
Eight people with suspected Covid-19 are also in ICUs, and one of those was ventilated, in HSE figures up to 6.30pm on Saturday.
Tallaght is treating three confirmed patients in ICU, two are in critical care at Beaumont, and there is one confirmed patient in intensive care units in St James’s, South Tipperary, the Mater and Letterkenny.
St James’s and the Mater are both caring for two suspected patients each in ICU, while there is one suspected Covid-19 case in intensive care in UHL, Portiuncula, Cork University Hospital and Connolly.
In case totals between August 29 and September 11, Sligo reported the lowest tally with less than five cases detected in the county.
There were 11 cases in Carlow and 12 cases each were reported in Cavan, Mayo and Roscommon.
58 cases were admitted to hospital in the 14 days between August 29 and September 11.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn last night warned Dubliners “this is the critical moment to address the spread of the disease”.
As two further deaths and 159 new cases were confirmed, Dr Glynn urged: “Individual choices can make all the difference – reconsider your plans for the weekend, reduce the number of people that you meet and avoid social activities that involve large groups of people.”
He added: “47 per cent of the cases reported today are in Dublin city and county.
“For the people of Dublin in particular, this is a critical moment to address the spread of the disease in the community.
“Remember, when you do meet with friends, family and colleagues, staying 2m apart is the best way to keep everyone safe.”
And Taoiseach Micheal Martin told how the government would have no hesitation in implementing special restrictions in Dublin to curb the spread of the virus.
The Fianna Fail leader said: “We won’t be afraid to implement measures specifically in Dublin, if that’s the way forward.”
The Cabinet is due to consider advice from public health experts at the National Public Health Emergency Team on Tuesday – as a new roadmap to deal with Covid-19 for the coming months is due in the coming week.
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World news – GB – Ireland’s 14-day Covid incidence rate soars to 42.3 per 100k as Dublin at 79.3