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Covid crisis Coronavirus Ireland: 28 deaths and 3,955 new Covid-19 cases as 1,789 hospitalised

Meanwhile, the HSE's chief executive Paul Reid revealed today that over 77,000 Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Ireland so far.

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Ambulances at the Mater Hospital

Ambulances at the Mater Hospital

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Ambulances at the Mater Hospital

A further 28 people have died while 3,955 new cases of Covid-19 were announced today.

26 of the deaths occurred in January 2021 while the the date for two of the deaths remains under investigation.

The death toll now stands at 2,488 while there have now been a total of 163,057* confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has led to the denotification of 42 confirmed cases. The figure of 163,057 confirmed cases reflects this.

There are currently 1,789 people being treated for Covid-19 in hospitals with 169 of these in ICU. There were 154 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The breakdown of cases is as follows:

  • 1,826 are men / 2,115 are women
  • 54% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 42 years old
  • 1,210 are in Dublin, 456 in Cork, 235 in Louth, 221 in Meath, 218 in Limerick, and the remaining 1,615 cases are spread across all other counties.

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St James's Hospital

St James's Hospital

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St James's Hospital

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Today we are giving some more information on the 208 people who have been reported to have sadly died from Covid-19 so far this month. Of these, 23 cases have been linked to outbreaks in hospitals and 38 with outbreaks in nursing homes.

"The ages of those who have died range from 25 to 98 years. Every death associated with Covid-19 is a tragedy. We must cut our social contacts in order to break the chains of transmission and protect those who are most vulnerable to this disease. Stay at home and save lives.”

Meanwhile, the HSE's chief executive Paul Reid revealed today that over 77,000 Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Ireland so far.

Of that figure, 69,378 were for frontline healthcare workers, with 7,925 for residents and staff in long-term care facilities.

In addition, over 4,000 healthcare workers have now completed training to administer the vaccine, a HSE briefing on Thursday heard.

Ireland is aiming to vaccinate 700,000 people by the end of March, and up to four million by the end of September, under projections from Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.

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