LATEST: Number of new Covid-19 cases in Offaly increases again with over 2,600 new cases in Ireland
The number of new cases of Covid-19 in Offaly has increased for a second consecutive day.
After dropping to 25 on Tuesday, there were 32 new cases on Wednesday. That figured has increased again today with 51 new cases recorded. There have been 586 new cases in Offaly in the last 14 days.
As of midnight, Wednesday, January 20, the HPSC has been notified of 2,608 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There has now a total of 181,922 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland with over 54,000 of them coming in the last 14 days alone.
Of the cases notified today 1,019 were in Dublin, 204 in Cork, 135 in Donegal, 132 in Galway, 131 in Kildare, and the remaining 987 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm today, 1,943 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 214 are in ICU. 105 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 51 additional deaths related to COVID-19 with 49 of these deaths occurred in January. The median age of those who died is 80 years and the age range is 58-103 years.
There has now been a total of 2,818 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “While we are making clear progress in reducing incidence we can see we still have a very large burden of infection – to illustrate this on December 1, when we last eased restrictions, our 5 day moving average was 261 cases per day, today it is almost ten times that number at 2,430 cases per day.
“It is evident that the population is working as one to reduce contacts and interrupt further transmission of the disease. However, we are witnessing the effects of high levels of community transmission through our hospital and ICU admissions and reported deaths. We need to continue to work together to drive this infection down and bring the disease back under control.”
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “There have been 532 deaths so far in January and we can unfortunately expect this trend to continue over the coming days. Limiting contacts, keeping physical distance from others, hand hygiene, appropriate use of face coverings and general awareness about how your interactions could potentially spread infection will ultimately prevent further morbidity. Following public health advice will directly save lives.”
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “Incidence is gradually falling but remains very high across all age groups but particularly in those aged 85 and older. A considerable effort by all of us to cut down on contacts has resulted in the R number reducing to 0.5 - 0.8. We have to keep it below 1.0 if we are to successfully emerge out of this current wave.”
Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, said; “Vaccine arrival has been a real morale booster in hospitals and nursing homes. As we are able to roll it out to the wider community it will undoubtedly lift spirits. But please remember we are at a precarious time and if we drop our guard we could undermine our efforts to combat COVID-19. For now, we must stay the course, keep contacts to a minimum, stay home and follow public health advice.”