LATEST: Major increase in Covid-19 deaths - but number of new Donegal cases lower than in previous days

46 more Covid-19 related deaths confirmed, majority of them this month

LATEST: Major increase in Covid-19 deaths - but number of new Donegal cases lower than in previous days

Coronavirus update

Figures released this evening show that there have been 81 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Donegal, compared with a total of 157 additional cases reported yesterday and 196 the day before.

Nationally, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 46 additional deaths related to Covid-19 while there have been 3,086 additional cases reported. This compares with eight deaths reported yesterday and 4,929 additional new cases. 

Of the 46 additional deaths related to Covid-19, two of these deaths occurred in December 2020, and the remaining 44 occurred in January 2021.

There has been a total of 2,397 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population in Donegal is now 1490.7 compared with the national average figure of 1410.3. The highest rate is in Monaghan (2,650.4) while the lowest is in Wicklow (676.1).

The seriousness of the situation in Donegal is illustrated by the fact that in the 14 days to January 11, there have been 2,373 new cases in the county.

As of midnight, Monday, January 11, the HPSC has been notified of 3,086 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 155,591 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

-1,425 are men / 1,642 are women
-54% are under 45 years of age
-The median age is 42 years old
-604 cases were in Galway, 574 in Dublin, 466 in Mayo, 187 in Cork, 138 in Limerick and the remaining 1,117 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 2pm today, 1,692 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 158 are in ICU. There has been a total of 128 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Unfortunately this evening we are seeing the effect of the recent surge of infections reflected in the increased mortality we are reporting. Unfortunately, due to the unsustainably high level of COVID-19 infection we have experienced as a country over the past few weeks, sadly these figures are likely to continue for the next period of time. What we can do today, out of respect of those who have lost their lives and those currently in hospital or ICU - and those caring for them - is to hold firm and stay home.”

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “At least one in three patients admitted to hospital or critical care in January have been under the age of 65 years. This clearly demonstrates that COVID-19 affects us all, regardless of age or underlying condition."

He added: "It highlights the need for us all to protect one another by staying at home. Not only will you keep yourself and your loved ones safe, but also help avoid more preventable COVID-19 admissions to our currently struggling healthcare system.”


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