One additional death related to COVID-19 to COVID-19 has been reported by the Department of Health today, which occurred in January.
There have also been 687 new cases reported to, of which 40 are in Galway, the fourth highest figure in the country.
The 14-day incidence rate in Galway is now 257.7 cases per 100,000 people. There have been 665 cases reported in the county in the past fortnight.
As of today there are 540 people in Ireland hospitalised due to COVID-19, of whom 120 are in the ICU.
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer said “While the number of daily cases and the number of people in hospital and critical care remain high, we continue to make progress.
“In the last 24 hours, we have had no new admissions to critical care, the first time this has happened since St. Stephen’s Day.”
“This is one more tangible signal of the efforts that people continue to make and how those efforts are impacting positively on the trajectory of COVID-19 in Ireland. Please stick with this over the coming weeks.”
There have now been a total of 4,319 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland, and 220,273 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.
Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of one death and six confirmed cases.
The COVID-19 data hub provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community
Professor Pete Lunn, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI said that data from surveys tracking public opinion show that 79% of people believe preventing the spread of the disease is more important than the burdens imposed by the lockdown.
“This pattern helps to explain how measures of compliance have been rising in recent weeks and months, despite the frustrations that people feel.”
“Just because we feel a particular way, does not mean that this feeling dictates our behaviour. Rather, the large majority of people in Ireland support the restrictions and are sticking to them, despite the frustrations.”