Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team – 17th February

February 17, 2021 0

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 57 additional deaths related to COVID-19. As of midnight Tuesday 16 February, the HPSC has been notified of 650 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  34 of these deaths occurred in February, 21 in January, 1 in December and 1 in November. The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 52-99 years. There has been a total of 4,036* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

(*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 4,036 deaths reflects this.)

There has now been a total of 211,751* * confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

(* *Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 12 confirmed cases. The figure of 211,751 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 325 are male and 323 are female
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 37 years old
  • 192 in Dublin, 53 in Galway, 50 in Meath, 46 in Kildare, 46 in Cork and the remaining 263 cases are spread across 19 other counties

As of 8am today, 831 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 154 are in ICU. There have been 49 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Numbers of people vaccinated

As of Sunday 14 February, there have been 271,942 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 180,192 people have received their first dose
  • 91,750 people have received their second dose

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:

Although we have made great progress, the situation remains precarious.

Almost 90% of cases in Ireland are the B117 variant. The increased transmissibility of this variant is apparent in the current profile of the disease in households, with one in three household contacts of a confirmed case testing positive for COVID-19.

This underlines the need for people to exercise caution in households and other settings. In particular, people should isolate immediately on experiencing any symptoms and contact their GP.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community. The dashboard also now includes information on total vaccines administered (1st dose).

If YOU or SOMEONE YOU KNOW are struggling and need help check out the local help/support available on our dedicated COVID-19 page.

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