Seven further Covid deaths confirmed, 482 new cases

Seven further Covid deaths confirmed, 482 new cases

Hospitalizations are a key metric of the pandemic because, unlike case counts, they do not rise and fall with the number of tests performed.

As of Friday morning, Johns Hopkins data shows that California has recorded at least 1,006,400 confirmed cases and 18,144 deaths.

Six more people with COVID-19 have died and 456 new confirmed cases have been recorded.

Of the latest cases, 69% are under 45 years of age, while the median age is 33 years old.

At the start of the implementation of Level Five restrictions on 22 October, 204 Covid-19 patients were in hospital and 37 were in ICU.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 130.2, up from 129.2 yesterday.

The Chief Medical Officer says he's concerned progress on reducing Covid-19 infections is faltering.

"The hard work undertaken by all of us over the last three weeks is to be commended, but we must not allow our success to date let us drop our guard against the spread of this disease", Dr Holohan said. And with the virus running unabated within U.S. communities, that number will likely only keep climbing.

The figure represented an increase of close to 100 additional cases, compared to the number confirmed the day before.

"We all need to focus on what we can do to stop the spread of this disease; wash our hands regularly, wear a face covering, keep our distance from others, avoid crowds, limit our social network, know the symptoms, self-isolate and contact a GP if we have them".

Meanwhile, 511 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, deaths are also averaging to over 1,000 each day.

Chief Medical Adviser Dr Michael McBride warned that the restrictions should remain in place for a further two weeks and the reopening of businesses will result in excess deaths.