As daily Covid cases top 1000 CMO is "very worried about numbers and how quickly they are deteriorating"
Last evening Dr. Tony Holohan said that 1,012 new Covid-19 cases were notified to the HPSC over a period of 24 hours up to midnight.
Three deaths were also reported and the 14-day incidence rate has increased from 108 per 100,000 last Sunday to 150 per 100,000 today, which represents a 39% increase according to the Chief Medical Officer.
The CMO spoke about his concern and the rising case saying, "I am very worried about the numbers we are seeing and how quickly they are deteriorating.
"All of the important indicators of the disease are deteriorating. For example, there has been a consistent increase in test positivity over the past week. The test positivity rate up to midnight Friday 9 October was 6.2%, which has more than doubled in less than a fortnight.
"Case numbers are growing across all age groups and throughout the country."
The breakdown of the cases is: 241 in Dublin, 112 in Cork, 80 in Cavan, 72 in Meath, 66 in Galway, and the remaining 441 cases are spread across 21 other counties.
As of 2pm today, 199 Covid-19 patients are in hospital in the Republic, of which 31 are in ICU.
Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly tweeted a plea to people to "focus on what you can do":
And please know that the government are acting. We are working closely with NPHET, we have secured €600m for the HSE Winter Plan to fund Covid and non Covid care, the biggest ever flu vaccine programme is rolling out, and other initiatives will be announced as part of the Budget
— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) October 10, 2020
Donnelly's predecessor, Simon Harris also expressed his concern on Twitter and called upon the Irish people to "pull together":
It has been a horrible year. We miss family, friends & the little things we maybe took for granted. Let’s work together. It’s a time to pull together & not divide. We all want to end this year with family & friends. We all have the same goal. Keep well. We will get there #Covid19
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) October 10, 2020