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Coronavirus: Nine Further Deaths Reported

News updates for Saturday 9th January 2021.

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 2,336 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Friday 8th January, the HPSC has been notified of 4,842 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 140,727* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

2,304 are men / 2,528 are women

61% are under 45 years of age

The median age is 38 years old

1,049 in Dublin, 530 in Cork, 514 in Waterford, 405 in Wexford, 247 in Louth and the remaining 2,097 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 2pm today, 1,293 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 119 are in ICU. 102 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 08 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

 

County

 

Today's cases (to midnight 08Jan2021)

 

14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (26Dec2020 to 08Jan2021)

 

New Cases during last 14 days (26Dec2020 to 08Jan2021)

 

Ireland

 

4,842

 

1162.2

 

55,344

 

Monaghan

 

            135

 

2296.9

 

           1,410

 

Louth

 

            247

 

2008.8

 

           2,589

 

Limerick

 

            198

 

1660.9

 

           3,237

 

Waterford

 

            514

 

1386.7

 

           1,611

 

Cavan

 

               93

 

1378.4

 

           1,050

 

Dublin

 

         1,049

 

1340.7

 

         18,064

 

Donegal

 

            149

 

1308.5

 

           2,083

 

Cork

 

            530

 

1206

 

           6,547

 

Clare

 

            110

 

1198.5

 

           1,424

 

Wexford

 

            405

 

1191.5

 

           1,784

 

Mayo

 

            197

 

1111.1

 

           1,450

 

Carlow

 

            122

 

1108.3

 

               631

 

Sligo

 

               44

 

1084.9

 

               711

 

Meath

 

            177

 

1033.6

 

           2,016

 

Kilkenny

 

            235

 

1013.8

 

           1,006

 

Kerry

 

               75

 

949.2

 

           1,402

 

Kildare

 

               71

 

875.0

 

           1,947

 

Offaly

 

                 6

 

819.6

 

               639

 

Longford

 

                 9

 

797.6

 

               326

 

Laois

 

                 6

 

722.6

 

               612

 

Roscommon

 

               85

 

708.0

 

               457

 

Galway

 

            207

 

688.6

 

           1,777

 

Leitrim

 

               10

 

652.2

 

               209

 

Westmeath

 

               11

 

639.9

 

               568

 

Tipperary

 

            118

 

638.7

 

           1,019

 

Wicklow

 

               39

 

544.1

 

               775

 

 

 

 

China:

Two cities in China are urging residents to stay at home for a week following a Covid-19 outbreak.

It's seen more than 300 people test positive over a seven day period.

Authorities in the Shijiazhuang and Xingtai  regions in the Hebei province are restricting people to their communities - and have banned gatherings.

Vaccines:

A leading member of NPHET says Covid-19 vaccines may not work against the South African variant that's been detected in Ireland.

Three cases of the highly transmissible variant were confirmed here yesterday, all linked to people who'd travelled from South Africa.

Officials also reported a record 8,248 new cases of coronavirus yesterday, along with 20 additional deaths.

A record 1,180 people are in hospital with the virus, with 109 in intensive care.

Dr Cillian de Gascun, director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, says the South African variant is a big concern:

Meanwhile, the European Commission says Ireland will receive its first doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine next week.

The jab was approved by the European Medicine Agency on Wednesday, and Ireland has ordered 875,000 doses.

It's the second vaccine approved for use in Europe, with the Pfizer Bio-N-Tech jab currently being rolled out here.

European Commission health spokesperson, Stefan de Keersmaecker, says the Moderna vaccine is about to arrive in EU countries:

Hospitals:

The Labour Leader's hitting out at the Health Minister for not getting private hospitals to give full capacity to the HSE.

16 private hospitals have agreed to provide up to 30 per cent of their beds to tackle the spiralling covid 19 cases.

But Alan Kelly says Minister Stephen Donnelly's deal is a bad one for the public:

Children with special needs:

Family Carers Ireland and disability groups have been invited to a meeting with the Education Minister on Monday.

They'll meet Norma Foley to discuss the impact of the decision to keep classes closed for children with special needs.

They'll be learning remotely instead, along with Leaving Cert students who won't be going into school either on Monday.

Family Carers Ireland spokesperson, Catherine Cox says family carers are upset by the effect of school closures on children with special needs:

Local figures:

A further 20 deaths linked to Covid-19 have been confirmed and 8,248 new cases.

The Chief Medical Officer says three cases of a new variant, first detected in South Africa, have now been confirmed here.

Anyone who's recently travelled from the country is being advised to self-isolate for 14 days and refer themselves for a test.

1,180 patients with Covid are now being treated in hospital, with 109 in intensive care.

Westmeath had 113 new positive tests with, 72 new cases were confirmed in Offaly, and Laois has 55 new cases. 

Infectious diseases professor Jack Lambert, from the Mater Hospital, says all counties have experienced far more cases of Covid-19 in the third wave than during the previous peak:

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