Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team – 1st December

December 1, 2020 0

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 18 additional deaths related to COVID-19.  There has been a total of 2,069* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight Monday 30 November, the HPSC has been notified of 269 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Of the deaths reported today, 1 death occurred in October, 15 deaths in November and 2 are under investigation.

(*Validation of data has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 2,069 deaths reflect this.)

There has now been a total of 72,798* * confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

(* *Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 15 confirmed cases. The figure of 72,798 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 133 are men and 133 are women
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 35 years old
  • 73 in Dublin, 20 in Kilkenny, 20 in Limerick, 19 in Louth, 19 in Tipperary and the remaining 118 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 2pm today, 224 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. There have been 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

The hard work and sacrifices that have been made by people over the last 6 weeks to suppress COVID-19 means that we are now in a position to reopen non-essential retail and to travel within our counties.

It is up to every person, individually, to remain vigilant to the spread of this disease, to assess the risk that is involved in any social activity. We need to keep the public health advice at the centre of our minds and do not have visitors to our homes, outside of any necessary visitors in a support bubble, until the 18th of December.

Each one of us has a role in shaping the national picture on COVID-19 in the coming weeks. It is vital that you keep hand washing, wear face coverings and keep a 2m distance from each other, to protect public health, to protect vital public services and to give us the best chance to continue to minimise the spread of the disease.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

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