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Latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: 61 further deaths and 2,488 new cases confirmed

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There has been 61 further Covid-19 related deaths while 2,488 new cases of the virus confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

This brings the Covid-19 death toll to 2,768 while the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland now stands at 179,324.

According to the Department of Health, of the deaths reported today, 58 deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 41-100 years.

Of the recorded cases, 726 are in Dublin, 314 in Cork, 148 in Galway, 133 in Limerick, 130 in Meath and the remaining 1,037 cases are spread across all other counties.

A total of 1,090 of the new cases are men and 1,383 are women. They have a median age is 44 years old and 51 per cent of those diagnosed are under 45 years of age.

As of 2pm today, 1,923 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 210 were in ICU at 11am. 85 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The number of cases and deaths that we are reporting today and the persisting high incidence rate of COVID-19 across the country shows that we cannot underestimate the highly infectious nature of this disease and the impact that it can have on families and communities.

“The virus spreads through close contacts, through the congregation of people.

"We need everyone to stay at home as much as possible, and to work from home, where possible.

"You should not meet up with friends or loved ones, unless you are caring for them. If you go out for exercise, you need to stay within 5km from your home, wear a face covering where appropriate and wash your hands when you return home to protect yourself from infection.

“If you are COVID positive you should self-isolate and stay at home, in your room, avoiding contact with other people. This is to protect the other people that you live with.”

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