Marked increase in new cases of Covid-19 in Offaly today
There has been a marked increase in new Covid-19 cases recorded in Offaly today.
The latest figures from the National Public Health Emergency Team shows that there were 25 new cases in Offaly today compared with 13 new cases on Tuesday and just nine on Monday.
The 14 Day Incidence Rate for the county now stands at 463.1 cases per 100,000 with 361 new cases in the last 14 days.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 94 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of these deaths, 47 occurred in February, 44 occurred in January, two in December and one in November. There has been a total of 3,512 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight, Tuesday, February 2, the HPSC has been notified of 1,013 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There has now a total of 199,430* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today 337 were in Dublin, 96 in Galway, 65 in Cork, 60 in Kildare, 48 in Louth and the remaining 407 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm today, 1,334 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 203 are in ICU. 66 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “At the outset of this pandemic, as a global community we knew much less about COVID-19 than we do now. We did not know then that today we would have a portfolio of approved vaccines to mitigate the worst effects of COVID-19, adding to our toolkit of public health measures such as social distancing, reducing contacts, mask-wearing, cough/sneeze hygiene and washing our hands.
“Now more than ever, as we are continuing to see the tragic effects of the recent surge of COVID-19 infection in the form of mortality, hospitalisation and ICU admission, we should remember the public health advice that has carried us so far in this pandemic, and helped us to suppress COVID-19 together successfully in the past.
“It is the collective hard work and ongoing sacrifice of people across Ireland in following these public health measures that will keep us all safe at this time, as we look ahead to the increased rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon. Keep it up, and encourage others to do the same. In short: the present is the time to protect yourself and stay safe, in order to receive your vaccine in the future.”
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