Coronavirus: 426 New Cases; 10 Additional Deaths Reported Today

National news updates on Tuesday 27th April.

Figures:

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

Of the deaths reported today 4 occurred in April, 5 occurred March and 1 in February.

The median age of those who died was 84 years and the age range was 77 - 97 years.

There has been a total of 4,884 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Monday 26th April, the HPSC has been notified of 426 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 247,489* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

203 are men / 221 are women

74% are under 45 years of age

The median age is 29 years old

156 in Dublin, 39 in Donegal, 28 in Kildare, 28 in Meath, 25 in Limerick and the remaining 150 cases are spread across 18 other counties**.

As of 8am today, 153 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 47 are in ICU. 10 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of April 25 2021, 1,398,061 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

998,134 people have received their first dose

399,927 people have received their second dose

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 26th April 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

 

County

Today's cases (to midnight 26Apr2021)

5 day moving average (to midnight 26Apr2021)

14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (13Apr2021 to 26Apr2021)

New Cases during last 14 days (13Apr2021 to 26Apr2021)

Ireland

426

437

122.5

5831

Donegal

39

33

288.3

459

Kildare

28

36

218

485

Offaly

6

9

180.9

141

Dublin

156

181

173.7

2341

Longford

0

3

171.3

70

Westmeath

20

14

163.3

145

Meath

28

19

153.3

299

Leitrim

<5

3

143.6

46

Tipperary

22

18

132.9

212

Limerick

25

22

122.1

238

Louth

5

9

113.3

146

Cavan

<5

6

103.7

79

Carlow

8

3

96.6

55

Laois

<5

4

93.3

79

Galway

19

16

82.9

214

Monaghan

13

5

81.5

50

Wicklow

12

12

80

114

Mayo

6

5

75.9

99

Waterford

7

6

68

79

Roscommon

<5

2

66.6

43

Sligo

<5

2

53.4

35

Cork

16

22

42.9

233

Clare

<5

4

41.2

49

Wexford

<5

2

35.4

53

Kerry

0

1

28.4

42

Kilkenny

0

2

25.2

25

 

Enterprise:

The twin challenges of Covid and Brexit have forced Irish food SMEs to innovate, according to the latest Irish SME food barometer. 

The study found more than three quarters of Irish food SMEs expect to see their revenue grow in the coming year.

Respondents showed greater positivity than the economy in general as they feel they are now turning a corner.

However, respondents indicated the burden of additional costs associated with Covid and Brexit are likely to be eventually be passed onto the consumer.

India:

A senior medic in India says they're being forced to pay over the odds for oxygen as the country struggles with the high number of new Covid-19 infections. 

Hospitals are overwhelmed as they wait for life-saving medical supplies from around the world.

Ireland is sending 700 oxygen concentrators which were got as part of pandemic preparations here.

Doctor Aashish Chaudry is the director of a hospital in Delhi and says the help can't come soon enough:

Shift work:

Shift workers are more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid, regardless of the sector they work in. 

A study suggests anyone working irregular hours are more than twice as likely to test positive for Covid-19 than those in a more fixed pattern.

Researchers are calling for more to be done to ensure they have safe working conditions.

Legal challenge:

AstraZeneca says it will strongly defend itself in court, as the EU launches legal action over vaccine delivery shortfalls.

The European Commission is taking the action against AstraZeneca for not respecting its contract for Covid-19 vaccines and for not having a "reliable" plan for timely deliveries.

Vaccine shortages have significantly affected rollout campaigns across EU countries.

Gavin Barrett is a professor specialising in European law in UCD - he says it's not clear what the outcome of the legal action will be: 

Case numbers:

The chief medical officer's warning mixing indoors - when the spread of Covid-19 remains high - puts the country's progress at risk. 

Dr Tony Holohan's urging people to stay vigilant when socialising, as the weather improves. 

437 new cases and one death were reported yesterday, while there are 184 Covid patients in hospital and 46 in intensive care. 

On Thursday the government will announce what restrictions will ease over the coming months. 

Dr Eoghan De Barra, a consultant in infectious diseases in Dublin, says the case numbers remaining concerning:

 

VACCINE: Two midlands facilities opened last week, with another two set to open their doors in the coming weeks.

Posted by Midlands 103 on Monday, 26 April 2021

 

Update on Johnson and Johnson:

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee is today expected to recommend the Johnson and Johnson vaccine be used by people over 50. 

NIAC is also set to say it can be used on under-50s if another vaccine is not available. 

The European Medicines Agency says the one-shot jab has a possible link to rare blood clots, but the benefits outweigh the risks.&

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