Big spike in Covid-19 as Ireland confirms 767 new cases and two further deaths
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Big spike in Covid-19 as Ireland confirms 767 new cases and two further deaths

THE DEPARTMENT of Health has confirmed that 767 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed across the country on Monday, along with two further deaths.

It brings the total number of Covid-19 cases to be confirmed in Ireland to 62,750, while the total number to have died as a result of the virus has risen to 1,917.

The news follows on from a recent dip in figures over the last two weeks, since full lockdown was reimposed.

On Sunday, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly thanked the Irish public for their work after Ireland's 14-day incidence rate dropped to one of the lowest in Europe.

"Thanks to huge efforts by individuals, families, community groups, clubs and businesses across the country, Ireland is now bucking the trend in Europe in terms of new cases of Covid," Mr Donnelly wrote in a tweet.

But Monday's figures represent a worrying spike in cases.

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68% of cases confirmed on Monday are under 45 years of age, while the median age is 33.

321 cases are in Dublin, 84 in Cork, 47 in Meath, 34 in Limerick, 24 in Roscommon, and the remaining 257 cases are spread across all other counties.

Currently, 322 Covid-19 patients are being treated in hospital, of which 44 are in ICU. There have been 16 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population as of 1 November is 248.0, with 11,808 new cases confirmed during that period.