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Cases latest Coronavirus Ireland: 68 deaths and 556 new Covid-19 cases amid calls for hotel quarantines

The youngest person who died was just 43

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Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (Brian Lawless/PA)

A further 68 people have died while 556 new cases of Covid-19 were announced today.

50 of those passed away died in February 2021, 15 died in January 2021 and two passed away in December 2020.

The date of one death is still under investigation.

The median age of those who died was 85 years and the ages range from 43-96 years old.

The latest figures bring the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 3,752 while there are now 204,940 confirmed cases of the virus.

Validation of data at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has led to the denotification of three deaths and 13 cases, these are reflected in the adjusted totals.

There are 182 people fighting the illness in ICU and a total of 1,104 Covid-19 patients in hospital.

There were 54 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 284 are men / 268 are women
  • 60% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 39 years old
  • 163 are in Dublin, 45 in Limerick, 38 in Galway, 34 in Cork, 29 in Waterford and the remaining 247 cases are spread across 20 other counties

Meanwhile, Labour are calling for a mandatory hotel quarantine for everyone arriving into Ireland who isn't an essential worker.

It is part of a zero Covid approach that Labour is proposing under their National Aggressive Suppression Strategy.

While acknowledging that getting down to zero Covid is “borderline impossible” Labour leader Alan Kelly said the country can get case numbers down to low double digits and keep them low.

“People are really concerned and worried about 2021,” he told Newstalk Breakfast. “We feel in order for 2021 not to be the same as 2020, we need to do this to suppress the virus."

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