BREAKING: Notable spike in Covid cases nationally as Limerick figures are revealed

Aine Fitzgerald


Aine Fitzgerald


Jump in Louth Covid-19 cases

NINETEEN new cases of Covid-19 are reported in Limerick this Thursday. On Wednesday evening, the figure for the number of new cases in Limerick was 23.

Sadly, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 10 additional deaths related to Covid-19.

7 deaths occurred in April, 1 in March, 1 in February and 1 in January.

The HPSC has been notified of 617 confirmed cases of Covid-19 up to midnight on Wednesday. A total of 401 cases were reported on Wednesday evening for up to midnight on Tuesday.

There has now been a total of 245,310 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

299 are men / 318 are women
70% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 33 years old
236 in Dublin, 84 in Donegal, 37 in Kildare, 34 in Tipperary, 30 in Offaly and the remaining 196 cases are spread across 20 other counties
As of 8am today, 176 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 48 are in ICU. 19 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.


As of April 20th, 2021, 1,240,965 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:


878,823 people have received their first dose
362,142 people have received their second dose
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “We are in a strong position in that transmission levels have reduced substantially and the roll-out of vaccination is protecting more and more of those at risk from the severe effects of Covid-19.


“If we can maintain our current position there is hope that we can look forward to a real easing of measures, but it is as important as ever that we don’t put that progress at risk by letting our collective guard down too much, or too early.”


Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group said; “The R number is estimated as being very close to 1.0. We continue to keep close contacts at 2.6 – a phenomenal testament to the public in keeping social transmission low. All indicators of the disease are stable or declining slowly, though we may see an increase in cases over the coming days. Maintaining this over the coming weeks is key to managing community transmission, and a move towards easing of measures.”


Professor Martin Cormican, Clinical Lead for Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, HSE & Professor of Bacteriology at NUI Galway said; “The benefits of vaccination in Nursing Homes and long-term residential care facilities are now very clear with a dramatic drop in the number of residents and staff developing severe disease.


“New visitation guidance agreed by NPHET today represents another step to support residents in long term residential care facilities in maintaining meaningful relationships with their family and friends.  From the 4th May, nursing home residents - in which most residents are fully vaccinated - can expect 4 visits with 2 people per week.”


The Covid-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of Covid-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s Covid-19 Vaccination Programme.