he Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 47 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
46 deaths occurred in January.
The median age of those who died is 85 years and the age range is 55-99 years.
There has been a total of 3,167 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
Fifty-seven new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Kildare today, out of a national total of 1,466 nationwide.
An additional 47 deaths have also been confirmed from Covid-19 today, all but one of which occurred in January. The median age of those who died is 85 years and the age range is 55-99 years.
Of the cases notified today, 697 are men / 764 are women; 55% are under 45 years of age and the median age is 41 years old. Some 472 cases were in Dublin, 106 in Galway, 103 in Cork, 77 in Waterford, 70 in Limerick and the remaining 638 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm today, 1,567 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 216 are in ICU. 69 additional hospitalisations have occurred in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Incidence is falling but remains high. It is positive to see numbers of people hospitalised reducing and a stabilisation of numbers in ICU.
“However, we are continuing to experience high mortality with 878 deaths so far in January. I am concerned about the high incidence we are seeing in long-term care settings and vulnerable groups. Our efforts to stay home and break transmission of the disease will save lives. Please continue to follow the public health advice and support each other to keep going.”
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “Incidence is falling and by working collectively to reduce contacts, we have achieved suppression of transmission with the R number estimated at 0.4-0.7. We are maintaining an extraordinary effort but still we have a long way to go. We must maintain full suppression for several weeks if we are to achieve strategic options for the future. If we keep this up, we would be down to 200-400 cases per day by the end of February.”
Dr Lorraine Doherty, National Clinical Director Health Protection HSE - Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), said; “It only takes one event to spark a chain of transmission of Covid-19 that can spread through a community. We have seen examples of outbreaks in a workplace that has led to multiple outbreaks in families and other work settings, and these ultimately lead to a higher incidence in the community and threatens the most vulnerable to Covid-19. Every action an individual takes matters.”
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