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Christmas crisis 11 deaths and 366 new Covid-19 infections reported as Dr Tony Holohan warns we have two weeks to curb spread

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Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan

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Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan

A further 11 people suffering from coronavirus have died while there have been 366 new cases of the virus confirmed today.

The latest figures bring the total number of confirmed cases to 68,686 while the death toll now stands at 1,995.

All deaths reported today occurred in November.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has resulted in 36 confirmed cases being denotified, resulting in the adjusted total of 68,686 confirmed cases.

A total of 272 people are in hospital with the illness, 34 of whom are in ICU. 14 were hospitalised in the last 24 hours.

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People pass the Auld Dubliner pub in Dublin’s Temple Bar (Brian Lawless/PA)

People pass the Auld Dubliner pub in Dublin’s Temple Bar (Brian Lawless/PA)

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People pass the Auld Dubliner pub in Dublin’s Temple Bar (Brian Lawless/PA)

The breakdown of cases is as follows:

  • 169 are men / 197 are women
  • 61pc are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 38 years old
  • 84 cases are in Dublin, 44 in Limerick, 34 in Cork, 34 in Donegal, 24 in Roscommon and the remaining 146 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: "I am increasingly concerned that the positive trends we had seen recently have not been maintained.

“The 5-day moving average of daily cases has increased from an average of 350 cases on the 11th November to 424 today.

“We have two weeks to continue in our efforts to drive down community transmission of this disease as much as possible. The lower the incidence the more flexibility the country will have in easing measures.”

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