Coronavirus: 5 deaths today, but just 5 Galway COVID cases

Galway Daily news Galway hospitals see COVID cases double in recent weeks

There have been 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19 and 270 new confirmed cases reported by the Department of Health today.

Of the cases notified today, just 5 are in Galway, where the 14-day incidence rate is now 44.6 cases per 100,000 population.

This is a fall back closer to the levels seen in recently after two days in a row where the daily cases went back up closer to levels seen around the start of November.

There have now been a total of 73,066 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland, and there have been 2,074 COVID-19 related deaths in the state.

Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases, which is reflected in the national total.

“It is important to keep up the progress that we have achieved in recent weeks,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan.

“Ireland now has the lowest 14-day incidence of COVID-19 in the EU according to the latest ECDC figures and we need to hold firm to this position.

“As the country moves into Level 3, there is no room for complacency in our response to COVID-19.

As of 2pm today there are 231 hospital patients with COVID-19 in Ireland, of whom 31 are in the ICU.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 141 are men and 129 are women
  • 63% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 37 years old
  • 58 in Dublin, 38 in Donegal, 28 in Wicklow, 25 in Mayo, 24 in Limerick and the remaining 97 cases are spread across 21 other counties

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Dr Holohan added, “As more services reopen for business, remember to use the basic public health advice as a guide when organising your time.

“When you are out in shops and accessing services, try to avoid high risk situations and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible on busy streets and crowded outdoor areas.

“When you come home from shopping or being outdoors, remember that washing your hands is your first priority.

“For those of us who cannot work from home, the wearing of a face covering is now advised when moving around busy indoor workplaces and in communal work areas.

“If you are planning to travel around your county, consider first whether it is absolutely necessary to travel.”

“Your individual actions are vital to our national effort to suppress the transmission of this disease.”