There have been 13 further COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland, NPHET have confirmed.
All 13 of these deaths occurred in January.
The median age of those who died is 83 years, and the age range is 66 to 97 years. There was no newly reported death in healthcare workers. There was no newly reported death in a person under the age of 30.
That brings the total number of deaths with the coronavirus to 2,608 since the pandemic began.
And 2,944 more cases have been confirmed in Ireland today, with 172,726 cases diagnosed overall in the country.
Of the cases notified today:
- 1,336 are men / 1,578 are women
- 57% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 40 years old
- 1,065 cases are in Dublin, 306 in Cork, 181 in Galway, 180 in Kildare, 160 in Limerick and the remaining 1,052 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm today, 1,928 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised of which 195 are in ICU. 68 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “The situation in our hospitals is stark. We are seeing people of all ages being admitted to hospital and being taken into intensive care units. The levels of infection are such that your chances of transmitting or getting COVID-19 are very high, and we know that a proportion of those cases will lead to serious illness and mortality. There is no group who should feel the public health advice does not apply to them. It is only if we act together that we can keep ourselves, our loved ones, and health and social care facilities safe.”
“As we look forward to the week ahead, consider your choices and make the right ones. Do not go into work tomorrow if you can work from home. If you are an employer, facilitate remote working for your employees.”
Ireland is facing its longest lockdown since the pandemic began as bars and pubs are unlikely to open for months, it has been reported.
The country is currently battling a third wave of coronavirus infections after an unprecedented surge in new cases over recent weeks.
The hospitality industry was forced to close down in December as the Government rushed to implement Level Five restrictions.
And the indications are that this will be a prolonged shutdown, as only schools and construction have a chance of opening before March, with hospitality likely to stay shut until at least April, the Irish Independent reports.
While Dr Colm Henry, the Chief Clinical Officer at the HSE, warned yesterday that Covid-19 restrictions could be in place for another year as the vaccine is rolled out.
Dr Henry told Raidió na Gaeltachta that there could be another year of measures such as social distancing ahead before enough people had received the vaccine to protect the public from Covid-19.
He added: “In the meantime, it’s more important than ever to abide by the public health guidance so that we can stop the spread of the virus.”
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