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Coronavirus: 77 Further Deaths

News updates for Saturday 23rd January 2021.

Latest figures:

 The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 77 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

76 of these deaths occurred in January, 1 in December.

The median age of those who died is 84 years and the age range is 43-98 years.

There has been a total of 2,947 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Friday 22nd January, the HPSC has been notified of 1,910 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 186,184* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

887 are men / 1,016 are women

57% are under 45 years of age

The median age is 40 years old

710 in Dublin, 150 in Cork, 103 in Meath, 102 in Limerick, 86 in Louth, and the remaining 759 cases are spread across all other counties**

As of 2pm today, 1,892 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 217 are in ICU. 59 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said: “Through the solidarity shown by families and communities across the country in recent weeks, we are beginning to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection. Each individual effort to follow the public health advice is making an impact, but we can only continue this positive trend and drive down incidence in the community by continuing to stay at home and avoid meeting or mixing with others in our social circle, including for any close family gatherings, such as birthdays or funerals, as these can be ‘super-spreader’ events.

“We know it is possible to have COVID-19 without displaying symptoms, so we all need to behave as though we are infectious and minimise our close contacts with others. If you suspect that you might be ill, isolate away from others in your household, let your close contacts know and come forward for testing as soon as possible.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 confirmed cases. The figure of 186,184 confirmed cases reflects this.

**County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 22 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

 

County

 

Today's cases**

(to midnight 22Jan2021)

 

14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 22Jan2021)

 

New Cases during last 14 days

(to 22Jan2021)

 

Ireland

 

1,910

 

 955.5

 

 45,500

 

Monaghan

 

19

 

 1,787.1

 

 1,097

 

Louth

 

86

 

 1,417.6

 

 1,827

 

Mayo

 

50

 

 1,362.4

 

 1,778

 

Carlow

 

23

 

 1,294.5

 

 737

 

Wexford

 

32

 

 1,276.4

 

 1,911

 

Waterford

 

76

 

 1,188.7

 

 1,381

 

Limerick

 

102

 

 1,167.8

 

 2,276

 

Dublin

 

710

 

 1,061.8

 

 14,306

 

Cork

 

150

 

 933.0

 

 5,065

 

Donegal

 

72

 

 926.6

 

 1,475

 

Galway

 

74

 

 914.9

 

 2,361

 

Cavan

 

33

 

 883.5

 

 673

 

Meath

 

103

 

 854.2

 

 1,666

 

Clare

 

23

 

 835.7

 

 993

 

Kildare

 

79

 

 786.1

 

 1,749

 

Tipperary

 

34

 

 785.9

 

 1,254

 

Laois

 

17

 

 776.9

 

 658

 

Offaly

 

64

 

 750.4

 

 585

 

Roscommon

 

14

 

 658.5

 

 425

 

Kilkenny

 

16

 

 606.7

 

 602

 

Wicklow

 

31

 

 587.0

 

 836

 

Kerry

 

36

 

 553.8

 

 818

 

Westmeath

 

20

 

 488.9

 

 434

 

Sligo

 

25

 

 462.3

 

 303

 

Longford

 

12

 

 460.0

 

 188

 

Leitrim

 

9

 

 318.3

 

 102

 

 

Restrictions:

Level 5 lockdown restrictions will be extended until at least the end of February.

The government will then review them every four weeks.

While it's hoped schools can open next month it looks unlikely to happen from February 1st as planned.

There may also be some easing of restrictions on the construction sector, according to Taoiseach Micheál Martin:

New strain:

There's concern here over the news the new strain of coronavirus in the UK may cause more deaths.

The Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan says this variant now accounts for over 60 per cent of recent cases in the Republic.

52 more people with covid 19 have died here and there are 2,371 new cases.

UCC Public Health Professor Ivan Perry says any rise in the transmissibility of the UK variant will lead to more deaths:

Vaccine:

AstraZeneca has reportedly told European Officials that it'll be cutting it's deliveries of Covid vaccines by 60 percent due to a 'production glitch.'

A senior EU official has told the Reuters News Agency just 31 million doses will be available, as opposed to the 80 million that was originally planned.

The European Commissioner for Health has meanwhile expressed 'deep dissatisfaction' with the development, and called for 'reliability' from the company.

Sinn Fein's Health spokesperson David Cullinane says AstraZeneca needs to explain what happened to cause the issue.

Local figures:

52 more Covid related deaths have been confirmed this evening, alongside 2,371 new cases.

757 of those infections are in County Dublin, 237 in Cork and 154 in Waterford, with the rest spread across all other counties.

There are 64 new cases in the midlands.

Westmeath has 32 cases, with another 17 people testing positive in Laois while 15 were confirmed in Offaly. 

Ireland's 14 day incidence rate per 100-thousand population is continuing to fall sharply, and now stands at 1,017.

The Chief Medical Officer has appealed to the public to 'stay the course' this weekend and continue to 'strictly adhere' to the public health guidance.

 

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