Almost three quarters of all new Covid-19 cases in just seven counties as numbers for Offaly remain low
The latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show that almost three quarters of all new Covid-19 cases in Ireland today are clustered in just eight counties as the numbers for Offaly remain very low.
Of the 765 newly confirmed cases today, 593 were in just eight counties, 291 in Dublin, 63 in Cork, 59 in Monaghan, 49 in Louth, 43 in Meath, 37 in Limerick and 28 in Cavan.
The seven counties account for 570 of the cases.
The numbers for Offaly again remain low with less than five new cases in the last 24 hours. Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Tipperary, Longford and Leitrim also had less than five cases while Wexford and Laois had just five cases each.
As of 2pm today 359 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU. 41 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours, with 5 additional admissions to ICU.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “The data we are reporting today are lower than days up to 26 December. This however results from factors related to the time of the year, such as the lower rates of attendance and referrals and presentation for testing for several days over Christmas.
"We look at many metrics when monitoring the disease severity of COVID-19. Today we are reporting that we have now exceeded the cumulative number of people hospitalised in this third wave than in the second. Hospitalisations have increased sharply in the last two days. This is a concerning trend which reflects the sharp increase incidence we saw in the last 10 days.
"We are also seeing a steep rise in the positivity rates in community testing with a seven day average of over 9.2 percent up from 5.2 percent on 18th December. This indicates that the virus is increasing its foothold out in our communities. This is just one more reason why we are strongly advising everyone to stay safely at home to avoid transmitting or catching this virus, as it continues to circulate widely."
He continued, "please come forward for testing if you feel unwell. Know the symptoms of COVID-19, and do not delay in phoning your GP for advice. Self-isolate in your room if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath or change in sense of taste/smell. If you are a household contact of a confirmed case, restrict your movements until your household member receives a negative test result.
"In addition to staying at home except for essential reasons, these important individual actions will help to stop the exponential spread of COVID-19 in our communities and in turn protect the most vulnerable, our healthcare system and those who work on the frontlines.”
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