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latest figures Holohan urges public to 'stay home and follow public health advice' as 5,325 new cases and 17 further deaths confirmed

There is a total of 113,322 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, while the death toll is now 2,282.


Dr Tony Holohan (PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (PA)

Dr Tony Holohan (PA)

A further 17 Covid-19 related deaths have occured and 5,325 cases of the virus have been confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

There is a total of 113,322 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, while the death toll is now 2,282.

Of the cases notified today, 1,931 are in Dublin, 767 in Cork, 323 in Kildare, 322 in Limerick, 238 in Donegal and the remaining 1,744 cases are spread across all other counties.

The median age is 36 years old and 63pc are under 45 years of age.

There are currently 840 Covid-19 patients in hospital and 76 in ICU.

Speaking about today's figures, Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer said: "We are now experiencing a considerable surge in cases and hospitalisations. We can turn this around quickly if we stick to the measures we know worked last spring.

"We have seen some early progress in that the average number of contacts per case has been dropping in recent days – but we need to continue this effort to limit as much as we can our contact with other people in the days and weeks ahead.

“If we all stay home and keep to the public health advice, we can bring Covid-19 back under control - which ultimately will protect our essential services such as Health and Education and most importantly save lives."

Earlier today, Dr Holohan warned that there will be a "sharp increase" in Covid-19 related deaths this month as a result of the surge in cases.

He said January will "see a significant mulitple of the number of deaths" seen over November and December due to the rising level of community transmission now occuring as a result of the relaxtion of restrictions over the Christmas period.

"We now this morning have over 800 people in hospital. We're in the 70s now in terms of intensive care and it was only at the beginning of last week we had less than 30 in intensive care. That is the information we really need to look at in terms of where we need to direct our collective focus and energy," he told Newstalk's Pat Kenny Show.

"We will see a very sharp increase in mortality, I'm sorry to say that that will be the case. January will see a significant multiple of the number of deaths that we saw over the course of both November and December as a consequence of all of this.

"It's just we haven't seen it yet because it lags, but there's still an opportunity for people to to take the immediate measures to drive down these transmission habits as soon as possible."

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