Coronavirus: 9 Deaths; 1,546 New Cases Confirmed Today

News updates for Tuesday 29th December 2020.

Latest Figures:

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 9 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,213* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Monday 28th December, the HPSC has been notified of 1,546 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 88,439** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 757 are men / 788 are women
  • 66% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 444 in Dublin, 203 in Cork, 111 in Louth, 87 in Limerick, 85 in Donegal and the remaining 616 cases are spread across all other counties. 

 

As of 2pm today, 411 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. 47 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We have reached a significant milestone in our collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland, with the launch of our national vaccination programme. To see the first recipients of the vaccine gives us hope for better times ahead, particularly for those of us who are the most vulnerable to the virus, including those over 70 and with underlying medical conditions. The vaccination programme will focus on the priority groups in line with the recent decisions of Government in the first instance.

“As the vaccination programme rolls out, particularly given the increasing spread of the disease and the concerning rise in the number of hospitalisations – up to 411 today – we each need to remember to remain vigilant to the ongoing risk of the spread of COVID-19 and follow the public health advice in our everyday lives. Following the public health advice is our only means to suppress the spread of the virus in the community. You are protecting yourself and your family from this highly infectious virus every time you wash your hands, wear a face covering, keep a 2m distance, reduce your social contacts and stay at home if you feel unwell.”

Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health said: “It is really great to see the COVID -19 vaccination programme commence today following the specific training for this significant vaccination programme. Many nurses and midwives are trained vaccinators and alongside their colleagues including hospital doctors, GPs, public health, pharmacists and allied health colleagues will play a significant role in delivering a safe, patient centred approach to the programme.

“Many nurses and midwives will be among the first to receive the vaccine so we can continue to provide care to all our patients. It is vital however to support them and all our frontline staff by continuing to adhere to the public health measures advised as the vaccine programme rolls out.”

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 1 death. The figure of 2,213 deaths reflects this.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 88,439 confirmed cases reflects this.

 

County

 

Today's cases (to midnight 28Dec2020)

 

14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (15Dec2020 to 28Dec2020)

 

New Cases during last 14 days (15Dec2020 to 28Dec2020)

 

Ireland

 

1,546

 

245.6

 

11,697

 

Donegal

 

85

 

457.3

 

728

 

Monaghan

 

56

 

454.5

 

279

 

Louth

 

111

 

395.7

 

510

 

Limerick

 

87

 

370.4

 

722

 

Wexford

 

33

 

355.3

 

532

 

Dublin

 

444

 

291.8

 

3,932

 

Kerry

 

57

 

285.7

 

422

 

Kilkenny

 

19

 

268.1

 

266

 

Cavan

 

26

 

246.8

 

188

 

Sligo

 

15

 

228.9

 

150

 

Meath

 

65

 

226.6

 

442

 

Laois

 

38

 

225.5

 

191

 

Carlow

 

5

 

210.8

 

120

 

Cork

 

203

 

207.8

 

1,128

 

Kildare

 

58

 

191.5

 

426

 

Mayo

 

69

 

175.5

 

229

 

Waterford

 

16

 

167

 

194

 

Clare

 

20

 

147.3

 

175

 

Galway

 

43

 

143.4

 

370

 

Westmeath

 

27

 

136.3

 

121

 

Wicklow

 

20

 

130.6

 

186

 

Roscommon

 

11

 

117.7

 

76

 

Tipperary

 

12

 

102.2

 

163

 

Longford

 

6

 

100.3

 

41

 

Offaly

 

17

 

98.8

 

77

 

Leitrim

 

<5

 

90.5

 

29

 

 

The 7-day incidence is 151.8.

The 5-day moving average is 1,073.

UK:

In the UK, there are now more Covid-19 patients in England's hospitals than the peak of the first wave in April.

NHS England's chief executive says frontline workers are "back in the eye of the storm" as cases of a new variant of coronavirus continue to rise.

The UK hit a new high for daily cases yesterday, at just under 41-and-a-half-thousand.

Simon Stevens has used his New Year message to thank everyone in the health service for their efforts this year.

Hospital:

409 people are in hospital with Covid-19 today, the highest in over seven months.

It's 49 more than yesterday, after 36 patients were admitted in the space of 24 hours.

The peak during the second wave, in October, was 354, and NPHET says hospitalisations are increasing 'earlier and faster' in the third wave.

Infectious Disease Specialist at the RCSI Professor Sam McConkey says the over 400 people in hospital will be quite unwell:

While Taoiseach Micheal Martin is urging the public to redouble their efforts:

Russia:

Russia's admitted the number of people to have died with coronavirus in the country is three times higher than previously reported.

Figures show deaths have topped 186-thousand - up from the 55-thousand it officially claimed.

It now has the third-highest number of fatalities, behind the US and Brazil.

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