The number of new Covid-19 infections is expected to rise sharply in the coming days as a backlog of positive cases is officially confirmed to the National Public Health Emergency Team.
12 additional Covid 19 related deaths were confirmed on New Years Eve, with 1620 new cases confirmed.
There were 51 new cases in Donegal, down substantially from Wednesday’s figure of 150.
There were 29 cases in Sligo (down from 32), and five in Leitrim.
For the first time in several weeks, Donegal doesn’t have the highest incidence rate in the country. The 14-day incidence rate in the county is 532.1 cases per 100,000 people. Monaghan’s is now higher at 553.9.
However, the chair of the NPHET’s Modelling Advisory Group, Professor Philip Nolan, said he estimates there are around 4,000 positive cases that have been reported by laboratories in the last few days but have still to be officially confirmed.
Professor Nolan also warned of difficult weeks ahead, as the number of patients admitted to hospital suffering from the virus continues to rise.
He says the situation in Ireland is worse than the number of daily new cases announced since Christmas would suggest.