470 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland, one more death reported
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said that the situation nationally "is a matter of serious concern".
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has reported that one person has died and that there have been 470 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland on Friday (2 October).
Of the cases reported on Friday, there were:
- 198 in Dublin
- 61 in Cork
- 36 in Donegal
- 19 in Kildare
- 19 in Limerick
- 12 in Kerry
- 11 in Galway
- 11 in Meath
- 10 in Roscommon
- 9 in Cavan
- 9 in Clare
- 9 in Kilkenny
- 9 in Longford
- 9 in Offaly
- 9 in Westmeath
- 8 in Louth
- 7 in Tipperary
- 7 in Wexford,
- 17 remaining cases spread between seven counties
The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.
68% of cases were reported in people under the age of 45 and 40% of cases are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.
68 cases reported on Friday have been confirmed as community transmission.
Commenting on the cases reported on Friday, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said: "The situation nationally is a matter of serious concern and NPHET is now recommending that no more than two households should meet at any given time.
“It is vital that everyone - families, friends and neighbours - limit the opportunities this virus has to move from person to person and stop the spread of the disease across households.
“Behave as though you have the virus and keep yourself and those around you safe – don’t take a risk by organising or attending gatherings with more than one other household."
There has now been a total of 37,063 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland and a total 1,801 Covid-19 related deaths.*
*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of four cases and six deaths, which are reflected in the figures above.
News of the number of cases in the Republic of Ireland comes after 934 cases of Covid-19 were reported in Northern Ireland on Friday, the highest number of cases in a single day and more than double the previous high of 434 cases reported on Wednesday.