72 Covid-19 cases reported in Donegal today

Nationally the curve of Covid-19 infection is beginning to flatten

72 Covid-19 cases reported in Donegal today

A total of 72 Covid-19 cases have been reported in Donegal today.

This leaves the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to Jan 22) in this county at 926.6 and the new cases during last 14 days (to Jan 22) at 1,475

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre revealed a short time ago that it has today been notified of 77 additional deaths related to Covid-19.

76 of these deaths occurred in January, one in December.

The median age of those who died is 84 years and the age range is 43-98 years.

There has been a total of 2,947 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Friday, January 22, the HPSC has been notified of 1,910 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 186,184* confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

887 are men / 1,016 are women
57% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 40 years old
710 in Dublin, 150 in Cork, 103 in Meath, 102 in Limerick, 86 in Louth, and the remaining 759 cases are spread across all other counties**

As of 2pm today, 1,892 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 217 are in ICU. 59 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer said through the solidarity shown by families and communities across the country in recent weeks, they are beginning to flatten the curve of Covid-19 infection.

"Each individual effort to follow the public health advice is making an impact, but we can only continue this positive trend and drive down incidence in the community by continuing to stay at home and avoid meeting or mixing with others in our social circle, including for any close family gatherings, such as birthdays or funerals, as these can be ‘super-spreader’ events.

“We know it is possible to have Covid-19 without displaying symptoms, so we all need to behave as though we are infectious and minimise our close contacts with others.

"If you suspect that you might be ill, isolate away from others in your household, let your close contacts know and come forward for testing as soon as possible.”

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 confirmed cases. The figure of 186,184 confirmed cases reflects this.

**County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

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