Coronavirus Ireland latest as 63 further deaths and 3,596 more cases confirmed

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There have been a further 63 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland, NPHET have confirmed today.

Five of these deaths occurred in November 2020, one of these deaths occurred in December 2020, and the remaining 56 occurred in January 2021.

That brings the total number of deaths related to the disease to 2,460 in the country.

And 3,596 more cases of the coronavirus have been announced as the overall figure in Ireland since the pandemic began reaches 159,144.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 1,616 are men / 1,924 are women
  • 54% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 42 years old
  • 1,119 are in Dublin, 416 in Cork, 200 in Galway, 182 in Louth, 169 in Waterford, and the remaining 1,483 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 2pm today, 1,770 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 172 are in ICU. 133 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We are seeing some early signs of progress with daily cases numbers and positivity rates. We can take some hope in them, but we have a long, long way to go. In the coming weeks ahead, we will need to draw upon our reserves of resilience from springtime as we can expect to see hospitalisations, admissions to ICU and mortality related to COVID-19 increase day on day.”

“The best way that we can all support one another now is to stay apart. Sadly, what we are seeing now is a result of the very high daily confirmed case numbers we experienced for successive weeks. To ensure our hospitals and loved ones remain protected, and stay alive to receive the vaccine, please continue to follow public health advice and stay home.”

“At this challenging time, it is important to remind those that need acute care that hospitals are there for those that need them. No one should ignore any worrying signs they may need medical attention, such as lumps, chest pain or other new symptoms. Phone your GP if you have any concerns, not just those related to COVID-19.”

The number of people being hospitalised for COVID-19 is now “beyond comprehension” as only five ICU beds are left across Dublin hospitals.

There are just three adult ICU beds available in Beaumont and a further one each in St James’s and Connolly.

And there are currently 552 are in Dublin hospitals including 65 in ICU.

HSE boss Paul Reid has called the stark figures “beyond comprehension” as he issued an update this morning.

He said on Twitter: “Our hospitals are treating 1,750 people with COVID-19 and 158 critically ill in ICU. This is a level beyond comprehension.

“But to assure everyone, our healthcare teams are taking emergency actions to sustain this within a level of control. We appreciate your support.”

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Source: Dublin News