Kim Wilde

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Coronavirus: 2,121 New Cases And 8 Additional Deaths

National News January 18th 2021.

Figures:

There has been a further 2,121 new Covid-19 cases and 8 additional deaths.

There are now 1,975 people in hospital with the virus and 200 people in ICU

Meanwhile NPHET says there has been 81 reports of suspected side effects associated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Chief Executive of the Health Products Regulatory Authority, Dr. Lorraine Nolan, says many were mild reactions:

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

All 8 of these deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died is 85 years and the age range is 49-93 years.

There are no newly reported deaths in healthcare workers.

There are no newly reported deaths in a young person under the age of 30.

There has been a total of 2,616 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Sunday 17th January, the HPSC has been notified of 2,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There is now a total of 174,843* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today: 992 are men / 1,117 are women

58% are under 45 years of age

The median age is 39 years old 753 in Dublin, 236 in Cork, 142 in Wexford, 126 in Kildare, 109 in Limerick and the remaining 755 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 2pm today, 1,975 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 200 are in ICU. 102 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “This third wave of the pandemic has seen higher level of hospitalisations across all age groups. There are now more sick people in hospital than any time in the course of this pandemic. The risk that this disease poses to the individual who is infected has not changed. What has changed is that we are experiencing a much greater level of community transmission and as a result we are seeing higher numbers of people with severe illness who require hospitalisation or admission to intensive care and higher numbers of mortality. Please continue to stay at home and drive down this infection in our community.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “Our survey data indicates that 60% report contacting older relatives and friends to ensure they are okay. Providing support and reassurance to older and more vulnerable members of society is an important part of our collective response to this pandemic. Our sense of community and support for each other must remain a key part of our armoury against COVID-19.”

Dr. Lorraine Nolan, Chief Executive, Health Products Regulatory Authority, said; “Up to the 11th of January, the HPRA received a total of 81 reports of suspected side effects associated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. All reports were generally consistent with those typically observed with other vaccines and included events of a mild to moderate nature which resolved or were resolving at the time of reporting.

Among those most frequently reported were abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue, joint pain and pains in the arms, some experience of dizziness, headache, itching and a rash – all consistent with the known and anticipated side effects as emerged during the clinical trials. “While the relatively mild effects described are of course uncomfortable for those who experience them, they do pass quickly and generally do not require any medical treatment.

“Safety monitoring of all medicines, including vaccines, is central to the remit of the HPRA and we intend to publish a regular update of the number and nature of reports regarding suspected side effects with COVID-19 vaccines, as the vaccination roll-out continues.”

Dr. Vida Hamilton, National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead, Acute Hospitals, HSE, said: “We are now one week operating in critical surge capacity, the first time we have had to rely on this during the pandemic. Our staff escalation plan is in operation and we are very grateful for the non-critical care staff who are supporting the delivery of these critical services. Patients across the health service are very sick. The message from your healthcare workers is to please stay at home and continue to interrupt the spread of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community. ENDS// *Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 174,843 confirmed cases reflects this.

 

County

 

Today's cases (to midnight 17Jan2021)

 

14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (04Jan2021 to 17Jan2021)

 

New Cases during last 14 days (04Jan2021 to 17Jan2021)

 

Ireland

 

2,121

 

1404.2

 

66,866

 

Monaghan

 

99

 

2749.8

 

1,688

 

Louth

 

102

 

2210.5

 

2,849

 

Waterford

 

32

 

1995.2

 

2,318

 

Wexford

 

142

 

1849.4

 

2,769

 

Limerick

 

109

 

1837.4

 

3,581

 

Carlow

 

18

 

1608.9

 

916

 

Mayo

 

55

 

1597.6

 

2,085

 

Cork

 

236

 

1573.7

 

8,543

 

Dublin

 

753

 

1545.8

 

20,828

 

Clare

 

29

 

1432.5

 

1,702

 

Cavan

 

52

 

1413.8

 

1,077

 

Donegal

 

34

 

1373.8

 

2,187

 

Meath

 

13

 

1170

 

2,282

 

Kildare

 

126

 

1112.3

 

2,475

 

Galway

 

84

 

1082.3

 

2,793

 

Kilkenny

 

12

 

1074.3

 

1,066

 

Kerry

 

29

 

979

 

1,446

 

Tipperary

 

38

 

963.9

 

1,538

 

Offaly

 

18

 

914.6

 

713

 

Roscommon

 

15

 

901.7

 

582

 

Laois

 

24

 

898.5

 

761

 

Sligo

 

14

 

814.8

 

534

 

Wicklow

 

55

 

754.1

 

1,074

 

Westmeath

 

18

 

681.5

 

605

 

Longford

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