BREAKING: Reduction in number of Covid cases in Limerick as 60 further deaths reported nationwide

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

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aine.fitzgerald@iconicnews.ie

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THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 151 new cases of Covid-19 in Limerick. 

Sadly, there have been an additional 60 deaths related to Covid-19 across the country.

Of these, 59 deaths occurred in January 2021. One death occurred in December 2020.

The median age of those who died is 85 years, and the age range is 65 to 100 years. There was no newly reported death in healthcare workers. There was no newly reported death in a young person under the age of 30.

There has been a total of 2,595 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Friday, the HPSC has been notified of 3,231 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 169,780 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

1,465 are men / 1,712 are women
54% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 42 years old
931 cases are in Dublin, 388 in Cork, 238 in Louth, 155 in Waterford, 151 in Limerick, and the remaining 1,368 cases are spread across all other counties.
 

As of 2pm today, 1,854 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised of which 191 are in ICU. There have been 119 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “This virus has taken root in every single part of the country. A significant percentage of the population - in excess of 1 in 10 in some counties - is currently either a case or a close contact. This is a huge burden of infection. When you consider that a significant percentage of our daily cases will directly lead to hospitalisation and mortality, the urgency with which we need to act becomes clear. By staying at home, you are protecting our health and social care services as they struggle against the enormous burden of infection that many weeks with thousands of daily cases of Covid-19 represents.”

“The improvements in cases is not happening fast enough. Too many people are still not complying as fully as we need with the advice. There are early indications that we may be levelling off in terms of improvement, but at far, far too high a level of infection. The UK variant is very likely  making our challenge more difficult. Please follow the public health advice. The safest place at the moment is at home. Please stay at home.”

 

Dr Cillian De Gascun, Medical Virologist and Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, said: “Due to the nature of the mutation found in the UK variant of the virus, it is inevitable that it will become the dominant variant here in Ireland over time. The UK variant has adapted to us: simply put, it is better at moving from person to person when we come into contact. So what we must do is reduce its opportunities to spread by cutting out socialising. Stay home. Do not visit anyone else’s home. Do not attend illegal gatherings. Remember the simple and effective measures from springtime – wash your hands well and often, wear a mask, cough and sneeze into your elbow, keep 2 metres of space from others, and phone your GP at the very first sign of Covid-19 symptoms.”

 

Case numbers in Limerick in recent days: 

Today: 151

Friday: 258

Thursday: 218

Weds: 165

Tues: 138

Mon: 320

Sun: 469

Sat: 198