Coronavirus: 539 New Cases; 14 Deaths Today

Covid-19 National news March 6th.

Latest Figures:

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 14 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

9 deaths occurred in March, 1 occurred in February and 4 in January or earlier.

The median age of those who died was 80 years and the age range was 59-94 years.

There has been a total of 4,419 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Friday 5th March, the HPSC has been notified of 539 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 222,699* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

295 are men / 240 are women

69% are under 45 years of age

The median age is 33 years old

245 in Dublin, 42 in Meath, 29 in Kildare, 26 in Limerick, 24 in Cork and the remaining 173 cases are spread across 19 other counties**.

As of 8am today, 414 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 101 are in ICU. 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of March 3rd, 474,645 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland: 

328,598 people have received their first dose

146,047 people have received their second dose

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

 

 

County

 

Today's cases (to midnight 05Mar2021)**

 

5 day moving average (to midnight 05Mar2021)

 

14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (20Feb2021 to 05Mar2021)

 

New Cases during last 14 days (20Feb2021 to 05Mar2021)

 

Ireland

 

539

 

488

 

175.6

 

8,360

 

Longford

 

8

 

13

 

379.2

 

155

 

Offaly

 

6

 

11

 

339.9

 

265

 

Westmeath

 

14

 

16

 

270.4

 

240

 

Dublin

 

245

 

225

 

249.5

 

3,362

 

Louth

 

13

 

16

 

239

 

308

 

Limerick

 

26

 

16

 

227.8

 

444

 

Meath

 

42

 

29

 

210.7

 

411

 

Kildare

 

29

 

25

 

189.7

 

422

 

Laois

 

5

 

7

 

183

 

155

 

Donegal

 

0

 

9

 

172.1

 

274

 

Mayo

 

15

 

10

 

170.9

 

223

 

Galway

 

21

 

18

 

166.2

 

429

 

Carlow

 

7

 

4

 

158.1

 

90

 

Tipperary

 

20

 

10

 

151.7

 

242

 

Monaghan

 

<5

 

4

 

148.2

 

91

 

Clare

 

6

 

10

 

136.3

 

162

 

Cavan

 

7

 

5

 

130

 

99

 

Waterford

 

8

 

7

 

126.5

 

147

 

Roscommon

 

<5

 

3

 

106.9

 

69

 

Wicklow

 

8

 

8

 

86.4

 

123

 

Leitrim

 

0

 

1

 

81.1

 

26

 

Sligo

 

<5

 

3

 

74.8

 

49

 

Kilkenny

 

9

 

4

 

73.6

 

73

 

Wexford

 

14

 

7

 

68.1

 

102

 

Kerry

 

7

 

4

 

61.6

 

91

 

Cork

 

24

 

21

 

56.7

 

308

 

~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers.

 

  • 7-day incidence 78.4
  • 5-day moving average 488

Milestone:

Ireland has reached the milestone of administering 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

The Taoiseach has welcomed the news, saying they're having a significant impact on mortality and serious illness.

Meanwhile, the head of the HSE says he's confident next week's vaccine target of 84,000 doses will be met.

Last week's aim of 100-thousand was missed due to ongoing supply issues involving AstraZeneca.

Targets:

The head of the HSE says he's confident next week's Covid-19 vaccine target of 84,000 doses will be met.

Last week's aim of 100-thousand was missed due to ongoing supply issues involving AstraZeneca.

Paul Reid says two deliveries totaling just over 70,000 doses have been impacted in recent weeks.

Recovery:

A leading intensive care doctor says it'll take a long time for Covid-19 patients in ICUs to get better.

The number of patients in those units is now 101 - down to levels seen at the start of January.

There are 414 people with the virus in hospital - the lowest figure so far this year.

Dr Catherine Motherway, an intensive care consultant at University Hospital Limerick, says it'll take time for the numbers to fall further:

Protest:

The Lord Mayor of Cork is calling on organisers of today's anti-lockdown protest in Cork city to cancel it.

He says people shouldn't be gathering in large groups because it's dangerous and it could lead to a superspreader event.

The Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has also appealed to the public not to show up at the event.

Cork Lord Mayor Joe Kavanagh says gardai shouldn't have been targeted by the violent protest in Dublin last weekend:

Priority:

There's calls for pregnant women to be moved higher up the priority list for Covid-19 vaccination.

It follows four preliminary reports of stillbirths that may be linked to a condition known as Covid Placentitis.

The Irish Indepedent reports the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists will raise the possibility of moving pregnant women up the list at the national immunisation committee. 

Vaccine:

The HSE is on target to deliver first doses of Covid-19 vaccines to 1,300 GP practices this week. 

The executive says the remaining 65 will receive them next week, allowing them to start the rollout on the over-85s. 

The HSE has also promised to improve the timing of confirmation notices to GPs in relation to order numbers and delivery dates, saying 48 hours isn't enough. 

Meanwhile, a public health expert is hopeful three new vaccines will be rollout out in Ireland quite soon - with progress being made on the Johnson and Johnson, Novovax and Russian jabs.

Hospitals:

99 Covid-19 patients were in ICUs in public hospitals last night - as the number fell below 100 for the first time in nearly two months. 

It continues a steady decline from the peak of 221 in late January. 

The number of Covid patients in hospital fell to 401, which is the lowest since the end of December. 

The deputy chief medical officer, Ronan Glynn, says the country is making 'real progress' in the battle against the virus. 

Former HSE director-general, Tony O'Brien, says the drop in ICU numbers is welcome. 

Hubs:

The country's first Covid-19 mass vaccination centre for 80 to 84 year olds will operate today. 

About 1,500 people will receive the jab in DCU from up to 100 GPs and their practice nurses. 

It's a hub for doctors in the greater Dublin area who have less than 200 patients.

Dr Ray Walley, a GP advisor to the HSE on Covid, says it's a great day for the people being vaccinated. 

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