There have been 54 more deaths related to COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today, along with 1,335 new cases.
Of the cases reported today 78 are in Galway. The 14-day incidence rate in the county now stands at 574.3 cases per 100,000 people.
Of the deaths reported today, 50 occurred in January. They were in people aged from 55 to 96 years old, and the median age of those who died was 85.
As of 2pm today, 1,670 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised in Ireland, of whom 217 are in ICU. There have been 81 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
“The current 14 day incidence remains more than double the peak incidence experienced during previous Level 5 measures in October,” said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer.
“Therefore, now is not the time to drop your guard and start to interact with people outside your household. The risk of transmission in the community remains very high.”
“We must continue to work towards reducing incidence of disease and preventing further hospitalisations and deaths”.
There have now been 3,120 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland out of a total of 191,182 confirmed cases in the pandemic.
Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases.