1 in 5 COVID deaths in Galway occurred in last week of January

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Almost 20% of all Covid-19 deaths in Galway occurred in the seven days leading up to January 29, new CSO data shows.

A total of 12 people died from the disease during that week, taking the Galway’s Covid death toll since the start of the pandemic to 65.

The median age of the overall COVID deaths in the county was 81 – one year older than the median age recorded the previous week.

Across the Republic, 317 people died from the disease in the week ending 29c January, making up more than 10% of all deaths in the state since March 2020.

It is the third week during which more than 250 people died from COVID-19 across the country.

In Galway, 7,802 cases were confirmed up to January 29, with a median age of 33 – the youngest in the Republic.

In the last four weeks, there have been 4,198 cases linked to an outbreak in nursing homes across Ireland, 952 linked to residential institutions and 1,178 linked to hospital or a community hospital.