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23/07/2021

BREAKING: Lowest daily increase of Covid cases in Limerick this year; 46 deaths reported nationally

Two workers at St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny die from Covid-19

A TOTAL of 138 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Limerick have been reported this Tuesday evening.

It is the lowest daily increase this year. The most recent lowest daily number was 53 cases on December 31 which was when the backlog of cases was building up.

The 14 day incidence rate has fallen slightly from 2032.3 to 2029.3. However, Limerick remains the third highest in the country after Monaghan and Louth. The national average is 1410.3. There has been 3,955 cases in Limerick in the last 14 days.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has today been notified of 46 additional deaths related to Covid-19. 2 of these deaths occurred in December 2020, and the remaining 44 occurred in January 2021. There has been a total of 2,397 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Monday, January 11, the HPSC has been notified of 3,086 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 155,591 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today: 604 are in Galway, 574 in Dublin, 466 in Mayo, 187 in Cork, 138 in Limerick and the remaining 1,117 cases are spread across all other counties.

1,425 are men / 1,642 are women; 54% are under 45 years of age - the median age is 42-years-old

As of 2pm today, 1,692 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 158 are in ICU. 128 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: "Unfortunately this evening we are seeing the effect of the recent surge of infections reflected in the increased mortality we are reporting. Unfortunately, due to the unsustainably high level of Covid-19 infection we have experienced as a country over the past few weeks, sadly these figures are likely to continue for the next period of time. What we can do today, out of respect of those who have lost their lives and those currently in hospital or ICU - and those caring for them - is to hold firm and stay home.”

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: "At least one in three patients admitted to hospital or critical care in January have been under the age of 65 years. This clearly demonstrates that Covid-19 affects us all, regardless of age or underlying condition. It highlights the need for us all to protect one another by staying at home. Not only will you keep yourself and your loved ones safe, but also help avoid more preventable Covid-19 admissions to our currently struggling healthcare system."

The Covid-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of Covid-19 in the community.

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