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

February 24, 2021 0

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 56 additional deaths related to COVID-19. As of midnight Tuesday 23 February, the HPSC has been notified of 574 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  31 of these deaths occurred in February, 13 occurred in January, 3 in December or earlier, while a further 9 are under investigation. The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 16 – 97 years.

There has been a total of 4,237 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

There has now been a total of 216,870* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

(*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 216,870 cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 285 are men and 287 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 175 in Dublin, 57 in Limerick, 43 in Kildare, 37 in Galway, 35 in Meath and the remaining 227 cases are spread across 18 other counties

As of 8am today, 652 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 137 are in ICU. There have been 35 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Numbers of people vaccinated

As of last Sunday (21 February), there have been 353,971 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 222,073 people have received their first dose
  • 131,898 people have received their second dose

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

We continue to see good progress, but this needs to be sustained. It is vital that we get our children back to school over the coming weeks. A key part of making this a success will be our continued collective buy-in to the public health measures that are tried and tested. Stay at home, work from home where possible.

Given the increased transmissibility of the virus now, we must continue to limit our social contacts and do all we can to starve this disease of opportunities to spread.

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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