Dublin (Ireland), July 22: Ireland’s daily cases of COVID-19 surged to a record high since Feburary of this year, according to official figures released here on Wednesday.
The Irish Department of Health said in a statement that there were 1,378 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the country on Wednesday.
This is the highest daily number of cases recorded in Ireland since Jan. 31 of this year when a total of 1,414 cases were reported in the country on the day, according to data from the World Health Organization.
“Disease incidence in Ireland is continuing to increase,” said Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer with the Irish Department of Health, in a Wednesday twitter.
The five-day moving average of cases in the country has increased from 300 to 1,182 cases per day over the past month, he said.
On Wednesday, Glynn also told local media that changes in the number of people admitted to hospital and intensive care units (ICU) lag behind changes in the disease profile in the community.
“We will see a significant increase in both over the coming weeks if incidence continues to rise,” he warned.
As of Wedensday morning, there were 96 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Ireland, of which 22 were in ICU, according to the Irish Department of Health.
Earlier in the month, Tony Holohan, chief medical officer of the Irish Department of Health, said that Delta variant accounted for over 70 percent of the new confirmed cases in the country.