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Coronavirus Ireland: 50 deaths and 3,498 new Covid-19 cases as travellers from Brazil told to isolate

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Paramedics at the Mater Hospital in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Paramedics at the Mater Hospital in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Paramedics at the Mater Hospital in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

A further 50 people have died while 3,948 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded today.

All 50 deaths occurred in January 2021.

The median age of those who died was 82 years, and the age range of those died was 45-96 years.

No further deaths of healthcare workers or people aged under 30 were recorded.

It brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 2,536 while there has now been a total of 166,548* confirmed cases in Ireland.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has led to the denotification of seven cases which is reflected in the total figure.

As of 2pm today, 1,850 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, with 184 in ICU. There were 118 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 1,576 are men / 1,906 are women
  • 54% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 42 years old
  • 1,182 are in Dublin, 421 in Cork, 258 in Limerick, 187 in Galway, 164 in Waterford, and the remaining 1,286 cases are spread across all other counties.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: "New variants of Covid-19 have recently been identified in Brazil, and in travellers to Japan from Brazil. There is no evidence of these variants in Ireland.”

"Anyone who has travelled from Brazil in the last 14 days is advised to self-isolate for 14 days, from the date of arrival, and identify themselves, through a GP, for testing as soon as possible.”

“It is essential that anyone arriving from Brazil self-isolate for 14 days from the date of arrival before entering/re-entering the workplace.

"We are particularly appealing to employers to enable their employees to protect each other by staying at home for the full 14 days.”

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