Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team – 2nd February

February 2, 2021 0

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 101 additional deaths related to COVID-19. As of midnight Monday 1 February, the HPSC has been notified of 879 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 83 of these deaths occurred in January. 18 occurred in February. The median age of those who died is 85 years and the age range is 19-103 years. There has been a total of 3,418 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

There has now been a total of 198,424* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

(*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 8 confirmed cases. The figure of 198,424 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 419 are men and 459 are women
  • 56% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 41 years old
  • 383 in Dublin, 79 in Cork, 53 in Galway, 40 in Limerick, 43 in Meath and the remaining 290 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 2pm today, 1,388 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 207 are in ICU. There have been 45 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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

This is the highest number of deaths we have reported on any single day of the COVID-19 pandemic so far. The high mortality we are experiencing as a country at the moment is related to the surge of infection we saw several weeks ago, and the hospitalisations and admissions to ICU that followed as a direct result.

Although we have seen great improvement in the level of infection being reported, we have a long way to go and incidence needs to decline much further. The best way to honour those who have died from COVID-19, and those who loved them or provided care for them, is to follow the public health advice. Stay at home unless absolutely necessary, and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.

What we can have control over today is the outlook of this disease in the weeks to come. Your positive actions matter, and they add up at a collective level. Please keep it up.

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