There have been 93 additional deaths related to COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health today, along with 2,001 new confirmed cases.
Galway reports 73 new cases out of that national figure. The incidence rate in Galway now stands at 1054.4 over the past fortnight.
Of the deaths notified today, three occurred in December, 89 are known to have happened in January, and in one case the date of death is still under investigation.
The average age of the people in these deaths was 82, and the victims ranged from 41 to 99 years old.
There were 1,949 people hospitalised with COVID-19 in Ireland as of today’s count, of whom 202 were in Intensive Care as of 11am this morning.
There have been 100 people admitted to hospital with the disease in the past 24 hours.
There have now been a total of 2,708 deaths related to COVID-19 in Ireland, and 176,839 confirmed cases throughout the pandemic.
Validation of data by the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of one death and five confirmed cases.
“While we are starting to see the early results of our collective efforts to minimise the transmission of the virus, we are very sadly reporting an additional 93 deaths today,” said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer.
“We cannot afford to drop our guard against the very high levels of infection that remain in the community at present.”
“COVID-19 ICU and hospitalisation numbers are of critical concern to us, representing a very significant pressure on our healthcare workers and on the provision of acute medical and surgical non-COVID care.
“We need everyone to stay at home, other than for essential reasons. The more that each individual follows this advice in their everyday lives, the more we can drive down the spread of COVID-19 and minimise the impact on vital healthcare services, patients and frontline workers.”
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