There have been 16 additional deaths related to COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today, along with 270 confirmed cases.
Of the deaths reported today, 14 occurred this month, 1 was in October, and 1 remains under investigation according to the HPSC.
There have been less than five cases reported in Galway again today, the second day in a row the county has reached this threshold. The Department does not provide an exact figure in the daily briefing where the number is below that.
The latest county breakdown up to yesterday’s figures shows that there were just three new covid cases in Galway on Monday.
There have now been a total of 65,889 confirmed cases and 1,963 deaths due to COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.
Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 40 confirmed cases and one death which is reflected in the national totals.
The 14-day day incidence rate in Ireland now stands at 152 cases per 100,000 population, a 51% decline compared to the previous two weeks.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said that this “significant improvement” in the profile of the disease is encouraging, but cautioned against people relaxing their personal vigilance.
“To maintain this positive trajectory, we need to remain vigilant to the highly infectious nature of this virus, which can easily spread from person to person through close contact and by social mixing.”
“Our individual everyday choices to stay at home and keep our contacts to a minimum are vital to driving down the spread of COVID-19,” Dr Holohan said.
As of 2pm on Tuesday, there are 282 COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals, of which 40 are in ICU. There have been 21 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of the disease in the community.