THERE have been another 24 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Limerick, it has emerged this Wednesday evening.
This follows 20 confirmed cases of the virus on Tuesday evening. The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (Nov 18 to Dec 1) in Limerick now stands at 134.4. The national incidence rate per 100,000 population is 84.7.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5 additional deaths related to Covid-19 across Ireland.
As of midnight Tuesday, the HPSC has been notified of an additional 270 confirmed cases of the virus.
Of the cases notified today;
141 are men / 129 are women
63% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 37 years old
58 in Dublin, 38 in Donegal, 28 in Wicklow, 25 in Mayo, 24 in Limerick and the remaining 97 cases are spread across 21 other counties.
As of 2pm today, 231 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. There has been 27 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “It is important to keep up the progress that we have achieved in recent weeks. Ireland now has the lowest 14-day incidence of Covid-19 in the EU according the latest ECDC figures and we need to hold firm to this position. As the country moves into Level 3, there is no room for complacency in our response to Covid-19.
“As more services reopen for business, remember to use the basic public health advice as a guide when organising your time. When you are out in shops and accessing services, try to avoid high risk situations and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible on busy streets and crowded outdoor areas. When you come home from shopping or being outdoors, remember that washing your hands is your first priority. For those of us who cannot work from home, the wearing of a face covering is now advised when moving around busy indoor workplaces and in communal work areas. If you are planning to travel around your county, consider first whether it is absolutely necessary to travel.
“Your individual actions are vital to our national effort to suppress the transmission of this disease.”
There has now been a total of 2,074 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.
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