Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team – 9th December

December 9, 2020 0

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 2,102 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight Tuesday 8 December, the HPSC has been notified of 227 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There has now been a total of 74,900* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

(*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 9 confirmed cases. The figure of 74,900 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 98 are men and 129 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 37 years old
  • 70 in Dublin, 26 in Donegal, 19 in Limerick, 14 in Louth, 14 in Kilkenny and the remaining 84 cases are spread across 17 other counties

As of 2pm today, 224 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 38 are in ICU. There have been 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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

Today we have seen 8 new admissions to ICU, the most in a 24 hour period since the spring time.

COVID-19 is still an extremely infectious disease which has the potential to lead to hospitalisation and even ICU admissions.

Ireland has managed to suppress COVID-19 to the lowest incidence levels in the EU in recent weeks. We have managed to keep up our safe behaviours and worked to protect each other throughout the pandemic.

If we do not continue to suppress the disease through the actions we have learned over recent months, we will very quickly see a surge in infections leading to an increase in hospitalisations, ICU admissions and, tragically, deaths.

We are actively planning to begin vaccinating people in early 2021. We cannot afford to drop our guard now.

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