There have been 94 further deaths related to COVID-19 notified by the Department of Health today, along with 1,013 new cases.
Of the cases reported today 96 are in Galway, the second highest level in the country behind Dublin, which reported 337 cases.
The deaths reported today occurred across a spread of time, with a large number in the past three days.
Of the 94 total notified, 47 occurred in February, 44 were in January, 2 in December, and 1 took place last November.
The median age of those who died was 82 years old, and the deaths occurred in people aged from 36 to 100.
As of 2pm today, 1,334 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 203 are in ICU. There have been 66 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
“At the outset of this pandemic, as a global community we knew much less about COVID-19 than we do now,” said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer.
“We did not know then that today we would have a portfolio of approved vaccines to mitigate the worst effects of COVID-19, adding to our toolkit of public health measures such as social distancing, reducing contacts, mask-wearing, cough/sneeze hygiene and washing our hands.”
There have now been a total of 3,512 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland, and 199,430 confirmed cases in the pandemic.
Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 7 confirmed cases.
Dr Holohan said that we are continuing to see the “tragic effects” of large numbers of hospitalisations and ICU admissions, and the resulting deaths.
“We should remember the public health advice that has carried us so far in this pandemic, and helped us to suppress COVID-19 together successfully in the past.”
“Its the collective hard work and ongoing sacrifice of people across Ireland in following these public health measures that will keep us all safe at this time, as we look ahead to the increased rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon.
“Keep it up, and encourage others to do the same. In short: the present is the time to protect yourself and stay safe, in order to receive your vaccine in the future.”
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