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Coronavirus: Four More Deaths And Over 3,000 New Cases

News updates for Saturday 2nd January 2021.

Latest figures:

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 4 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,252 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Friday 1st January, the HPSC has been notified of 3,394 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 96,926 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

1,619 are men / 1,766 are women

65% are under 45 years of age

The median age is 35 years old

389 in Cork, 355 in Dublin, 339 in Donegal, 258 in Louth, 233 in Mayo and the remaining 1,820 cases are spread across all other counties.

104 cases are in Laois, with Offaly having 86 new cases and another 33 people in Westmeath have tested positive for the virus. 

As of 2pm today, 607 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 56 are in ICU. 71 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The incidence of COVID-19 is as high, if not higher now than it was in March. Every individual needs to act as if they are infectious. Hospitalisations are rising to levels close to what we saw in the springtime. Everyone needs to stay at home other than for essential work or care.

“It is really important that vulnerable and older people do not leave their homes unless absolutely essential. This includes asking neighbours or family to carry out errands such as grocery shopping, limiting all contacts to only those people you live with or have to visit for essential care reasons.

“We need to rediscover the spirit of solidarity and community we saw in March and April so that we can all do our part in protecting older and vulnerable people.

“People particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 include older persons and people with pre-existing medical conditions including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer.”

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 01 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

County

 

Today's cases (to midnight 01Jan2021)

 

14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 01Jan2021)

 

New Cases during last 14 days

(to 01Jan2021)

 

Ireland

 

3,394

 

381.6

 

18,169

 

Monaghan

 

130

 

783.6

 

481

 

Donegal

 

339

 

737.5

 

1,174

 

Louth

 

258

 

719.3

 

927

 

Limerick

 

209

 

594.7

 

1,159

 

Sligo

 

150

 

531.0

 

348

 

Mayo

 

233

 

505.7

 

660

 

Cavan

 

92

 

468.7

 

357

 

Wexford

 

103

 

418.1

 

626

 

Kilkenny

 

87

 

412.2

 

409

 

Kerry

 

98

 

383.9

 

567

 

Laois

 

104

 

381.4

 

323

 

Dublin

 

355

 

371.1

 

5,000

 

Meath

 

179

 

364.5

 

711

 

Cork

 

389

 

351.3

 

1,907

 

Roscommon

 

68

 

328.5

 

212

 

Galway

 

116

 

322.4

 

832

 

Carlow

 

41

 

312.7

 

178

 

Clare

 

65

 

298.8

 

355

 

Offaly

 

86

 

269.4

 

210

 

Longford

 

39

 

264.2

 

108

 

Waterford

 

67

 

249.6

 

290

 

Westmeath

 

33

 

244.5

 

217

 

Kildare

 

47

 

238.6

 

531

 

Leitrim

 

29

 

230.9

 

74

 

Tipperary

 

59

 

176.7

 

282

 

Wicklow

 

18

 

162.2

 

231

Carers:

A group representing half a million family carers across the country is calling for priority vaccinations for carers.

Family Carers Ireland says its members feel they've been forgotten about throughout the Covid 19 pandemic.

Head of carer engagement, Catherine Cox, says they were astonished to find carers were left off the government's priority list:

Vaccine:

BioNtech has criticised the EU’s failure to order more doses of its coronavirus vaccine.

The German companies saying this has left it and its US partner, Pfizer, racing to increase production amid fears of a European “gap” left by the lack of other approved vaccines.

Head of BioNtech Ugur Sahin said the EU had wrongly assumed several different vaccines would be ready at once, so spread its orders.

Pre-school:

State-funded pre-schools will align with primary and secondary in delaying their return from the Christmas holidays to January 11.

They had been due to return on the sixth.

In a statement yesterday Children's minister Roderic O'Gorman said the state-funded ECCE programme in which 100,000 children are enrolled.

When the schools' holidays extension was announced on Thursday early learning centres were initially excluded.

Hospital:

The Chief Medical Officer has said the most concerning trend in relation to the Covid-19 virus at present is the rapidly increasing number of people being admitted to hospital.

It follows the reporting of 1,754 new cases of Covid 19 yesterday and 11 further deaths.

Dr Tony Holohan said we are now admitting between 50 and 70 people aday.

There were 504 people in hospital with Covid yesterday.

Infectious diseases expert Prof Sam McConkey said he welcomed a greater sense of urgency from the government in tackling the virus:

Local figures:

1,754 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the last 24 hours, along with 11 additional deaths.

504 people with COVID-19 are in hospital, with Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan saying 50 to 70 people are now being admitted every day.

The National 14-day incidence rate stands at 321.3.

12 cases have been confirmed in Laois, 25 in Offaly and Westmeath has 23 new cases. 

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