Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team – 5th May 2021

May 5, 2021 0

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19. As of midnight Tuesday 4 May, the HPSC has been notified of 418 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Of the deaths notified today: 5 occurred in April, 1 occurred in February, 1 occurred in January.   The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 67-92 years. There has been a total of 4,915 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

There has now been a total of 251,087* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

(*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed case. The figure of 251,087 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 199 are men and 214 are women
  • 73% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 30 years old
  • 167 in Dublin, 39 in Cork, 32 in Donegal, 29 in Kildare, 22 in Meath and the remaining 129 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8am today, 137 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. There have been 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Latest update on vaccines

As of last Monday (3 May) there have been 1,621,870 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 1,174,292 people have received their first dose
  • 447,578 people have received their second dose

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

As we look forward to the greater reopening of activities and services, our key objective now is to maintain our course in coming weeks and follow the public health advice in our daily activities.

When you are planning to meet someone, remember that outdoors is safer for everybody. And when you meet up, stay at a 2m distance, keep to a small group and avoid crowded areas – this will minimise the risk of passing the virus from person to person, driving down the incidence rate and keeping our society open.

Throughout this pandemic we have seen outbreaks and clusters of disease as a result of social events such as funerals, wakes and birthday parties. Unfortunately we need to continue to stay vigilant to the infectious nature of this disease and avoid congregating together in large groups. We need all sectors of society to continue to encourage and support the public health messages and to help everyone to stay safe.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

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