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Latest figures Coronavirus Ireland: 47 further deaths and 1,466 new Covid-19 cases as health system under 'relentless strain'

Earlier today, it was revealed Ireland is likely to miss its vaccination target of 700,000 inoculations by the end of March due to issues with the supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

There have been 47 more deaths and 1,466 new cases of the Covid-19 virus identified by the Department of Health this evening.

46 of the deaths occurred in January 2021.

The median age of those who died is 85 and the ages of the deceased range from 55-99 years.

The latest figures bring the death toll to 3,167 while the total number of confirmed cases now stands at 192,645*.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has resulted in the denotification of three confirmed cases which is reflected in the overall figure.

A total of 1,567 patients are in hospital with the illness, 216 of whom are in ICU.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 697 are men / 764 are women
  • 55% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 41 years old
  • 472 are in Dublin, 106 in Galway, 103 in Cork, 77 in Waterford, 70 in Limerick and the remaining 638 cases are spread across all other counties

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Incidence is falling but remains high. It is positive to see numbers of people hospitalised reducing and a stabilisation of numbers in ICU.

“However, we are continuing to experience high mortality with 878 deaths so far in January. I am concerned about the high incidence we are seeing in long-term care settings and vulnerable groups. Our efforts to stay home and break transmission of the disease will save lives. Please continue to follow the public health advice and support each other to keep going.”

Earlier today, it was revealed Ireland is likely to miss its target of 700,000 inoculations by the end of March due to issues with the supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said the “indicative target” was heavily caveated and dependant on vaccine supplies from AstraZeneca.

Mr Donnelly said it is “very frustrating” that AstraZeneca may not be delivering the full amount anticipated by Government.

As part of the deal with the pharmaceuticals giant, Ireland was due to receive 600,000 coronavirus vaccines in the coming weeks.

However, Mr Donnelly said negotiations are under way to establish what the new supply chain will include.

The interruption to supply will likely affect the domestic vaccine rollout and the Government’s targets for the months ahead.

Meanwhile, head of the HSE Paul Reid said there are “some early sign” of minor relief in Covid-19 hospital numbers.

He tweeted: “However our health system remains under relentless strain.

“Many very sick and vulnerable people will need care for some time.

“Our ICUs remain too close to a tipping point.

“Please continue to hold our guard.”

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