Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team – 23rd January

January 23, 2021 0

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 77 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 76 of these deaths occurred in January, 1 in December. As of midnight, Friday 22nd January, the HPSC has been notified of 1,910 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  The median age of those who died is 84 years and the age range is 43-98 years. 

There has been a total of 2,947 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

There is now a total of 186,184* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 887 are men / 1,016 are women
  • 57% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 40 years old
  • 710 in Dublin, 150 in Cork, 103 in Meath, 102 in Limerick, 86 in Louth, and the remaining 759 cases are spread across all other counties**

As of 2pm today, 1,892 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 217 are in ICU. 59 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said: #

Through the solidarity shown by families and communities across the country in recent weeks, we are beginning to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection. Each individual effort to follow the public health advice is making an impact, but we can only continue this positive trend and drive down incidence in the community by continuing to stay at home and avoid meeting or mixing with others in our social circle, including for any close family gatherings, such as birthdays or funerals, as these can be ‘super-spreader’ events.

We know it is possible to have COVID-19 without displaying symptoms, so we all need to behave as though we are infectious and minimise our close contacts with others. If you suspect that you might be ill, isolate away from others in your household, let your close contacts know and come forward for testing as soon as possible.

Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 confirmed cases. The figure of 186,184 confirmed cases reflects this.

**County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

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).

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