Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team – 6th February

February 6, 2021 0

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 55 additional deaths related to COVID-19. As of midnight Friday 5 February, the HPSC has been notified of 827 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 36 of these deaths occurred in February, 18 of these in occurred in January, and the date of 1 death remains under investigation. The median age of those who died is 86 years and the age range is 49-100 years.

There has been a total of 3,674 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

 There has now been a total of 202,548* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

(*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 42 confirmed cases. The figure of 202,548 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 409 are men and 416 are women
  • 63% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 38 years old
  • 297 are in Dublin, 76 in Cork, 56 in Galway, 46 in Wexford, 37 in Kildare and the remaining 315 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 2pm today, 1,177 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 177 are in ICU. There have been 29 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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

There are a few old habits that collectively we have to break in order to suppress COVID-19 together. We know that people who feel unwell typically avoid calling their GP over the weekend, and wait to see if they improve. You should no longer do that – you must phone your GP at the first sign of anything like COVID-19 symptoms. Do not adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach.

Similarly, do not leave your house or go to work if you have any cold or flu like symptoms at all. Breaking these habits will limit COVID-19’s opportunity to spread from person to person.

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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