Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team – 24th December

December 24, 2020 0

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 2,192 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight Wednesday 23 December, the HPSC has been notified of 922 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There has now been a total of 83,073* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

(*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed case. The figure of 83,073 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 438 are men and 477 are women
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 33 years old
  • 337 in Dublin, 73 in Cork, 70 in Limerick, 56 in Wexford, 43 in Galway and the remaining 343 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 8am today, 255 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 22 are in ICU. There have been 37 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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

Unfortunately, none of the indicators of this disease are showing encouraging signs. Ireland now has the fastest growing incidence rate in the European Union.

This Christmas, the best present you can give your loved ones is to strictly adhere to the public health advice.

Make your Christmas safe, meaningful and memorable for the right reasons. Stay home, stay safe and stay well. Limit contact as much as you can and ensure you and your loved ones have a happy and safe Christmas.

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

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