There have been 17 more deaths related to COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today, along with 5,325 new confirmed cases.
Of today’s cases 140 are in Galway. The 14-day incidence rate in the county is now 456.1 cases per 100,000 people.
The largest number of today’s cases are in Dublin (1,931), followed by Cork (767), Kildare (323), Limerick (322), and Donegal (238).
The HPSC has said that 16 of the deaths notified today occurred in January of 2021.
There have now been a total of 113,322 cases in the Republic of Ireland, and 2,282 deaths related to COVID-19 in the state.
As of 2pm today, 840 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised in Ireland, of whom 76 are in ICU. There have been 102 new hospital cases in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said that there has been a “considerable surge” in both cases and hospitalisations, but that this can be turned around if people stick to the same measures that worked last Spring.
“We have seen some early progress in that the average number of contacts per case has been dropping in recent days – but we need to continue this effort to limit as much as we can our contact with other people in the days and weeks ahead.”
“If we all stay home and keep to the public health advice, we can bring COVID-19 back under control – which ultimately will protect our essential services such as Health and Education and most importantly save lives.”