There have been 35 additional deaths related to COVID-19 reported by NPHET today, along with 613 new confirmed cases.
Of today’s cases 26 are in Galway. The 14-day incidence rate here is now 315.4 per 100,000 people, and 814 cases have been reported in the past two weeks.
Today’s deaths occurred in people aged from 53 to 102 years old, and the average age of those who died was 85.
21 of these deaths occurred in February, 12 occurred in January, one took place last November, and one further death is under investigation.
As of 8am today, 591 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised in Ireland, of whom 138 are in ICU. Another 20 people have been hospitalised in the past 24 hours.
“We are making good progress and can see that many of the key indicators of disease levels in our communities are continuing to fall,” said Dr Ronan Glynn, adding, “This progress is the reason we are able to reopen our schools in a cautious and phased basis.”
“However, we must remember that COVID-19 is still circulating at a high level and, we are still seeing positivity rates of around 15% in the community.”
“As we see more of our children return to school next week, it is important that we continue to follow all of the public health guidance, including on the school run.”
There have now been a total of 217,478 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, and 4,271 deaths related to the disease.