Coronavirus: 777 new cases and seven further deaths in Ireland

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill                     Image PA Images

Six additional outbreaks in nursing home and community hospitals were confirmed.

THE 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 in Limerick is now above 300, the National Public Health Emergency Team has confirmed.

15,000 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 over the last 14 days.

She said the latest figures also showed the number of deaths had continued to increase.

Deaths at the three facilities as of October 16 totaled nine at Symphony at The Tillers of Oswego, two at Hillside Rehab and Care and four at the Association for Individual Development.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said that Level Five restrictions were necessary because the disease is at "very serious levels in our country and posing significant risk to public health".

The 6.5% test positivity rates is the highest in it has been in the county since it was 6.8% the week of September 20 to 26, according to health department data. I appeal to everyone to behave as though you are a close contact.

"In all circumstances other than for essential reasons to stay at home for the six-week period".

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Dr Holohan added: "If you live with someone who has Covid-19 or you have been told that you are a close contact, you must restrict your movements for a full 14 days. The healthcare system is better prepared and there's more PPE than there was in the spring".

Friday's new case total further confirms a statement by Gov. Tom Wolf earlier in the week that a "fall resurgence" of the virus is now occurring in Pennsylvania.

He also said that as long as there is high transmission in the community, it will be impossible to protect nursing homes despite all the measures taken.

Professor Philip Nolan said the reproduction number was between 1.3 and 1.4 nationally.

Residents ages 70 and older comprise 3.7% of all cases in the county, according to county health data.

It's now more than 100 times higher than it was during the summer.

Barton County Public Information Officer Donna Zimmerman reported there were 83 active cases.

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