Significant increase in new Covid-19 cases in Offaly today as almost 3,000 cases reported nationally
There has been a significant increase in new Covid-19 cases in Offaly today as almost 3,000 cases have been reported nationally.
Latest figures from the National Public Health Emergency Team show that there were 64 new cases in Offaly today, the largest increase since last Monday. There have now been 2,332 Covid-19 cases in Offaly since last March with 819 in the last 14 days.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 13 additional deaths related to COVID-19. All 13 of these deaths occurred in January. There has been a total of 2,608 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight, Saturday, January 16, the HPSC has been notified of 2,944 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 172,726 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today 1,065 are in Dublin, 306 in Cork, 181 in Galway, 180 in Kildare, 160 in Limerick and the remaining 1,052 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm today, 1,928 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised of which 195 are in ICU. 68 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “The situation in our hospitals is stark. We are seeing people of all ages being admitted to hospital and being taken into intensive care units. The levels of infection are such that your chances of transmitting or getting COVID-19 are very high, and we know that a proportion of those cases will lead to serious illness and mortality. There is no group who should feel the public health advice does not apply to them. It is only if we act together that we can keep ourselves, our loved ones, and health and social care facilities safe.”
“As we look forward to the week ahead, consider your choices and make the right ones. Do not go into work tomorrow if you can work from home. If you are an employer, facilitate remote working for your employees.”
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