There have been another 52 deaths related to COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today, along with 2,371 new cases.
Of the case notified today, 103 are in Galway. The incidence rate here has now dropped back below 1000 cases per 100,000 population, falling to 968.8.
The deaths notified today occurred in people aged from 32 to 99 years old. Of them, 50 are known to have occurred in January, while the dates of two are still under investigation.
As of 2pm today, 1,931 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 219 are in ICU. There have been 78 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
There have been a total of 184,279 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland, and 2,870 deaths related to COVID-19.
Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 14 confirmed cases.
“We know that the ongoing restrictions are very challenging for people but, through the hard work and sacrifice of the vast majority of people, we are starting to see the first signs of a lower prevalence of the disease in the population,” said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer.
“Strictly adhering to the public health measures is the key to making real progress in terms of flattening the curve and lowering the current trends in our hospitals and ICUs.”]
“The ‘COVID-19 find-test-trace-isolate’ process is vital to our efforts. Our data is telling us that for a third of people, it’s 4 days or more from the time they first experience symptoms of COVID-19 to the time they get tested.
Dr Holohan added that “We all need to contact our GP as soon as symptoms occur, so we can trace our contacts and prevent further infections.”
“This weekend, we need everyone to stay the course with hand washing, covering coughs, wearing face coverings and keeping a 2m distance.”
“In order to take care of each other, we need all to stay at home, except for essential reasons, to minimise the spread of COVID-19 to ourselves and our loved ones.”
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of the disease in the community. The dashboard also now includes information on total vaccines administered.