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3 new COVID-19 deaths reported today, an additional 811 cases notified

3 new COVID-19 deaths reported today, an additional 811 cases notified”

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Longford since the pandemic began stands at 420 (as of midnight on Saturday, October 10). There is now a total of 43,531 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The Department of Health's latest figures show four of those deaths have occurred in the last 24 hours, with three others just outside that timeframe.

There have been 357 new cases during the last 14 days in Limerick.

163 new cases of the virus have been recorded in Derry and Strabane in the past day with the 7 day incidence rate there now standing at 969.4 per 100,000 of the population.

There are now 150 patients in hospitals with Covid-19, including 23 in intensive care.

Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal have a rate of infection of more than 300 per 100 thousand.

The Derry and Strabane Council area, which has one of the highest infection rates in the United Kingdom, is now subject to added localised measures.

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Chief medical officer Dr Michael McBride and chief scientific adviser Professor Ian Young have already recommended a country-wide lockdown lasting four to six weeks.

The aim is to reduce the reproduction rate of the virus to below one additional infection for every person diagnosed.

Responding to the suggestion of a six-week lockdown, Sir Jeffrey highlighted that it would be more radical than anything now being considered elsewhere in the United Kingdom and in the Irish Republic.

Whether or not school closures should be included in any new lockdown is likely to be a key consideration around the executive table.

A senior DUP member has questioned the proposed imposition of a six-week lockdown across Northern Ireland.

Mrs Foster indicated on Monday that she is not in favour of closing schools.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson queried why such a move would be required across the region, given the marked variations in infection rates in different areas.

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