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Coronavirus: 10 Deaths, 6,521 Cases Confirmed Today

National news updates on Thursday 7th January.

Latest figures:

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 10 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,307* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Wednesday 6th January, the HPSC has been notified of 6,521 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 127,657 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 3,070 are men / 3,432 are women
  • 62% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 37 years old
  • 2,174 in Dublin, 571 in Cork, 382 in Limerick, 342 in Waterford, 315 in Wexford and the remaining 2,737 cases are spread across all other counties. 

 

As of 2pm today, 1,043 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 96 are in ICU. 99 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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 2 deaths. The figure of 2,307 deaths reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 06 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

County

 

Today's cases (to midnight 06Jan2021)

 

14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (24Dec2020 to 06Jan2021)

 

New Cases during last 14 days (24Dec2020 to 06Jan2021)

 

Ireland

 

6,521

 

936.4

 

44,590

 

Monaghan

 

114

 

1,819.6

 

1,117

 

Louth

 

164

 

1,637.1

 

2,110

 

Limerick

 

382

 

1,399.2

 

2,727

 

Cavan

 

114

 

1,155.2

 

880

 

Donegal

 

187

 

1,145.2

 

1,823

 

Dublin

 

2,174

 

1,091.5

 

14,707

 

Sligo

 

85

 

981.2

 

643

 

Waterford

 

342

 

907.2

 

1,054

 

Cork

 

571

 

905.0

 

4,913

 

Mayo

 

119

 

900.3

 

1,175

 

Clare

 

254

 

899.7

 

1,069

 

Meath

 

240

 

867.5

 

1,692

 

Wexford

 

315

 

860.9

 

1,289

 

Carlow

 

123

 

850.1

 

484

 

Kilkenny

 

179

 

786.0

 

780

 

Kerry

 

120

 

775.9

 

1,146

 

Kildare

 

250

 

743.4

 

1,654

 

Offaly

 

94

 

741.4

 

578

 

Longford

 

28

 

716.9

 

293

 

Laois

 

82

 

689.5

 

584

 

Galway

 

184

 

562.7

 

1,452

 

Westmeath

 

42

 

534.0

 

474

 

Roscommon

 

31

 

520.6

 

336

 

Leitrim

 

13

 

505.6

 

162

 

Tipperary

 

175

 

487.0

 

777

 

Wicklow

 

141

 

471.1

 

671

 

 

As of 7th January 2021, the reporting of cases on CIDR has caught up with the positive laboratory results. In the context of continuing high daily numbers of positive lab results, the lag period between positive lab results being issued and cases being reported on CIDR will generally be 24 to 48 hours. This is the expected time interval for processing and validation of laboratory results and generating cases on CIDR.

NOTE: 

7-day incidence 753.5

5-day moving average 6,147

Moderna:

Health officials are finalising details of the delivery plan for the Moderna vaccine, after it was approved by the EU yesterday.

Ireland has ordered 875,000 doses, with the first batch scheduled to arrive in the coming days.

The Health Minister said this morning that more than 40,000 Covid-19 vaccines will have been administered by the end of this week.

Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin, Tomás Ryan, says when it comes to our rollout, a lot depends on the drugmakers:

 

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Checkpoints:

Garda Covid-19 checkpoints will be in place across the country from this morning. 

They will be set up on national routes, but not on motorways, and will be supported by random local mobile checkpoints. 

Additional gardaí are being deployed to the front line and high visibility patrols of public amenities and parks will be increased. 

Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey says gardaí will continue to engage before turning to enforcement powers:

 

Laois Roads Policing Unit conducting checkpoints this morning. Please follow the health guidelines and stay safe. If...

Posted by Garda Síochána Laois Offaly on Thursday, 7 January 2021

 

Prison:

34 prisoners have tested positive for Covid-19 since the pandemic began. 

There was no case until August 1st, but two jails have reported outbreaks over the past week. 

Five prisoners in Loughan House in Cavan have tested positive, along with five inmates and several staff from Wheatfield Prison in Dublin.

Gabriel Keaveny, assistant general secretary of the Prison Officers Association, says more action is needed to prevent further outbreaks:

NPHET: 

NPHET will discuss the country's record number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations when they meet this morning.  

There are now 954 people in hospital with the virus and 7,836 cases were confirmed yesterday - with both figures the worst since the pandemic began. 

The chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, says we are likely to see an increasing number of deaths and ICU admissions in the coming days and weeks. 

Dr Gerald Barry, a virologist in UCD, says the situation will get worse before it gets better.

Dáil:

The Dáil's business committee will meet later to consider reducing sittings from three days a week to one.

The Ceann Comhairle submitted the proposal in light of rising Covid-19 infection rates.

If passed, sittings would go ahead on a Wednesday in the Convention Centre from next week, and be limited to 6 hours with a max of 45 members.

Sinn Fáin Chief Whip, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, says the plan is totally unacceptable:

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