Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team – 6th May 2021

May 6, 2021 0

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 8 additional deaths related to COVID-19. As of midnight Wednesday 5 May, the HPSC has been notified of 393 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of the deaths notified today: 3 occurred in May, 2 occurred in March, 3 occurred in February or earlier. The median age of those who died was 79 years and the age range was 55 – 97 years.

There has been a total of 4,921* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

(*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 4,921 confirmed deaths reflects this.)

There has now been a total of 251,474* * confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

(* *Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 confirmed cases. The figure of 251,474 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 175 are men and 211 are women
  • 79% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 28 years old
  • 173 in Dublin, 42 in Cork, 34 in Kildare, 26 in Donegal, 15 in Meath and the remaining 103 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 8am today, 131 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 36 are in ICU. There have been 16 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Latest update on vaccines

As of last Tuesday (4 May) there have been 1,655,866 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:

  • 1,201,373 people have received their first dose
  • 454,493 people have received their second dose

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

We all want the easing of restrictions next week to be a significant turning point in this pandemic. We have worked so hard to reduce the spread of this disease. More than 30% of adults have now been vaccinated with one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Ireland and it is time to feel hopeful and to start planning our summer.

The choices we make now are vital to minimise the incidence of COVID-19 throughout May and June. Prioritise being outside and avoid crowds. Know the symptoms – self-isolate immediately and phone your GP if you have them. By protecting yourself, you are protecting everyone you know from infection.

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.

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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