Derek Ryan

Dreamers & Believers

Coronavirus: 922 New Cases; 8 Deaths Confirmed Today

National News December 24th 2020.

Latest Figures: 

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,192 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Wednesday 23rd December, the HPSC has been notified of 922 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 83,073* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 438 are men, 477 are women

  • 68% are under 45 years of age

  • The median age is 33 years old

  • 337 in Dublin, 73 in Cork, 70 in Limerick, 56 in Wexford, 43 in Galway and the remaining 343 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 8am today, 255 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 22 are in ICU. 37 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Unfortunately, none of the indicators of this disease are showing encouraging signs. Ireland now has the fastest growing incidence rate in the European Union.”

“This Christmas, the best present you can give your loved ones is to strictly adhere to the public health advice.”

“Make your Christmas safe, meaningful and memorable for the right reasons. Stay home, stay safe and stay well. Limit contact as much as you can and ensure you and your loved ones have a happy and safe Christmas.”

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 4 confirmed case. The figure of 83,073 confirmed cases reflects this. 

County

 

Today's cases (to midnight 23Dec2020)

 

14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 23Dec2020)

 

New Cases during last 14 days

(to 23Dec2020)

 

Ireland

 

922

 

166.0

 

7,906

 

Donegal

 

38

 

324.1

 

516

 

Wexford

 

56

 

291.9

 

437

 

Louth

 

24

 

291.0

 

375

 

Kilkenny

 

28

 

252.9

 

251

 

Limerick

 

70

 

250.4

 

488

 

Monaghan

 

<5

 

249.2

 

153

 

Carlow

 

18

 

212.5

 

121

 

Laois

 

12

 

207.8

 

176

 

Dublin

 

337

 

199.4

 

2,687

 

Kerry

 

39

 

189.6

 

280

 

Cavan

 

6

 

186.4

 

142

 

Meath

 

30

 

158.9

 

310

 

Longford

 

<5

 

137.0

 

56

 

Waterford

 

22

 

136.0

 

158

 

Sligo

 

10

 

132.8

 

87

 

Kildare

 

21

 

129.9

 

289

 

Mayo

 

<5

 

115.7

 

151

 

Cork

 

73

 

98.6

 

535

 

Galway

 

43

 

86.4

 

223

 

Wicklow

 

14

 

82.9

 

118

 

Tipperary

 

33

 

76.5

 

122

 

Offaly

 

6

 

74.4

 

58

 

Westmeath

 

15

 

73.2

 

65

 

Roscommon

 

<5

 

57.3

 

37

 

Clare

 

11

 

48.0

 

57

 

Leitrim

 

<5

 

43.7

 

14

 

 

Tidy Towns:

There will be a Tidy Towns contest in 2021.

The competition, which has been held annually for the past 60 years, was cancelled during the summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

An additional 1,000 euro will also be provided to each community group for next year's event.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, says there are a number of areas the groups should look at:

NI:

Northern Ireland has confirmed its first case of the coronavirus variant that was initially detected in southern England.

Health Minister, Robin Swann, says he'd been expecting the news.

His officials believe it's been in circulation at a low level in the community for several weeks.

Vaccine:

The government's being urged to make homeless people a priority in the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine next year.

The first batch of the Pfizer jabs is due to arrive on Saturday, while vaccinations are to start with nursing homes residents on December 30th.

The Peter McVerry Trust says there are currently 8,500 homeless people in Ireland, and that half of those are vulnerable.

CEO Pat Doyle says they need to be included near the top end of the vaccine programme:

New Strain:

Health officials say they don't think a new strain of coronavirus detected in Ireland is behind the recent rise in cases.

The variant was first picked up in the UK - and was found in 10 per cent of samples analysed here last weekend.

It's been detected mainly in the east of the country and is likely to have been here since the second week of December.

Head of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, Cillian de Gascun, says they'll be monitoring the new strain:

NPHET:

The National Public Health Emergency Team has recommended the closure of non-essential retail from St. Stephen's Day.

The Chief Medical Officer has warned the spread of Covid-19 is "out of control" with the number of cases doubling in less than a week.

A further 938 new cases were confirmed last night with 13 additional deaths, while the R number has risen to between 1.5 and 1.8 - the highest since March.

Restaurants and pubs serving food will close at 3pm this afternoon as part of new restrictions - while hairdressers and barbers will also shut later.

But Professor Philip Nolan, chair of NPHET's modelling advisory group, doesn't think those measures will bring the virus back under control:

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