There have been 66 additional deaths related to COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today, but they are spread out over more than four months.
Of these deaths 41 occurred this month, 8 were in January, 7 in December, and 9 were in November or earlier.
The median age of those who died was 84 years old, while the deaths occurred in people aged from 39 to 98 years of age.
There have also been 1,078 new cases reported by health officials, of which 139 are in Galway, the second highest amount in the country.
The 14 day incidence rate in Galway is now 320.1 cases per 100,000 people. There have been 826 cases reported in the county in the past two weeks.
There were 898 people hospitalised with COVID-19 in Ireland as of 2pm today, of whom 171 were in the ICU. There have been 44 patients admitted to hospital in the past 24 hours.
There have now been a total of 208,796 confirmed cases in Ireland, and 3,931 deaths related to the disease since the start of the pandemic.
“If you have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 such as cough, fever, shortness of breath or a change in your sense of smell or taste, self-isolate immediately and phone your GP without delay,” said Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer.
“If you are in any doubt about any symptoms you have, you should always contact your GP. Your test and GP assessment will be free of charge. This includes GP out of hours services, contact details for which are on the HSE website”.
“If you don’t have a GP, any GP can arrange a test for you. The best way to protect ourselves & our vulnerable loved ones from serious illness as a result of COVID-19 infection is to continue taking the actions we know can effectively supress this virus.”
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