Six further Covid-19 deaths confirmed, 772 new cases 3 weeks ago

Six further Covid-19 deaths confirmed, 772 new cases

The Republic of Ireland's death toll now stands at 1,908.

Six further Covid-19 deaths have been confirmed, as well as 772 new cases.

All six of these deaths occurred this month.

There has been 96 deaths in October to date, with 34 of them being in nursing homes.

On average, we have seen four deaths per day over the past week.

228 of Friday's cases are in Dublin, 120 are in Cork, 50 in Meath, 41 in Donegal, 41 in Galway.

The remaining 292 cases are spread across all remaining counties.

There has been a total of 1,908 coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland, while the total number of confirmed cases is 61,059.

The Republic of Ireland's 14-day incidence rate is now 287 per 100,000, while the hospital situation is currently being described as "stable".

The R number in Ireland is now believed to be "close to 1.0". This is the first time there have been "positive indicators of the disease" in a number of weeks, according to Philip Nolan.

He said: "Our experience to date shows this type of progress is very fragile. We should take these positive signs as an indication our efforts are starting to work, the critical thing is to keep it up."

Earlier on Friday, Northern Ireland's Department of Health reported that 566 further individuals have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.

Sadly, another further nine Covid-related deaths have also been recorded up north.