Forty-two new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Kildare today, out of a national total of 1,078 nationwide.
A further 66 deaths from the virus have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. Some 41 of these deaths occurred in February, 8 occurred in January, 7 in December and 9 occurred in November or earlier. The median age of those who died was 84 years and the age range was 39 - 98 years. There has been a total of 3,931 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today: 523 are men / 549 are women; 70% are under 45 years of age and the median age is 32 years old. Some 433 cases occurred in Dublin, 139 in Galway, 52 in Limerick, 49 in Limerick, 43 in Mayo and the remaining 362 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 8am today, 898 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 171 are in ICU. 44 additional hospitalisations have occurred in the past 24 hours.
As of February 10, 256,681 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland: 166,863 people have received their first dose and 89,818 people have received their second dose.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “If you have any symptoms suggestive of Covid-19, such as cough, fever, shortness of breath or a change in your sense of smell or taste, self-isolate (stay in your room) immediately and phone your GP without delay. If you are in any doubt about any symptoms you have, you should always contact your GP.
“Your test and GP assessment will be free of charge. This includes GP out of hours services, contact details for which are on the HSE website www.hse.ie. If you don’t have a GP, any GP can arrange a test for you.
“The best way to protect ourselves and our vulnerable loved ones from serious illness as a result of COVID-19 infection is to continue taking the actions we know can effectively supress this virus. Keep physical distance from others, wash hands regularly, avoid crowds and wear face coverings that are fitted correctly.”