There were 1,271 confirmed cases of Covid-19 tonight ahead of the nation’s nightclub pilot event.
The Department of Health has reported 297 Covid patients to the hospital, including 59 in intensive care.
The latest figures show that the 14-day incidence rate in the country is 395 per 100,000 population. He is at his highest level in Donegal, Carlow and Monaghan.
The Health Ministry confirmed that 40 people died from the virus last week – up from 30 last week – and 24 the week before.
There have been 102 Covid-related deaths reported this month – the highest since March.
Three weeks before the majority of Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, a leading infectious disease expert has said we need to adopt a ‘living with Covid’ message from October 22.
Dr Jack Lambert, professor of infectious diseases at UCD, says we have to accept that Covid is with us for the long term and that people will continue to die.
“In influenza pandemics, people die. We are vaccinating against the flu but the vaccine is not 100% effective so we need to have the same message for people with Covid.
“Covid is still going to kill people. It kills a lot fewer people now that we have the vaccination, but it’s still a deadly virus.”
Dr Lambert says the message that all restrictions will end next month is not correct.
“The ‘living with Covid’ message should be: Yes, we should open nightclubs. Yes, we should keep schools open. Yes, we should have outdoor sporting events that a lot of people could attend.
“But that doesn’t mean throwing off your masks or throwing away social distancing or we shouldn’t continue to be careful.”
Hundreds of people will be heading to a nightclub in Ireland tonight for the first time in over 18 months.
The industry hopes the pilot event will mark the start of a return to normal for clubs.
Nightclubs have been closed since March of last year, but tonight 450 people will attend an event at the Button Factory in Dublin.
Participants will need to have a Digital Covid Cert and a negative antigen test.
Jordan, whose stage name is Dart, is DJing tonight and he thinks it will be an emotional night for many people.
The capacity of the hall will be 60% tonight and Arts Minister Catherine Martin hopes that the clubs will be able to operate at full capacity by October 22.
“We have to test the ventilation, the C02, not to wear masks, to see how social distancing does not work,” she said.
Nine Irish DJs are on the program for tonight’s event which starts at 8:30 p.m. and continues until 12:30 a.m.