Covid-19 Monday: no deaths, 727 new cases

December 21st, 2020 6:22 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

As of 8am today, 595 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 63 are in ICU.  (Photo: Shutterstock)

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THERE have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has been a total of 2,158 Covid-19-related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Sunday 20th December, the HPSC has been notified of 727 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 80,267* confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 359 are men / 366 are women
  • 62% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 36 years old
  • 311 in Dublin, 51 in Kilkenny, 48 in Wexford, 44 in Donegal, 44 in Cork and the remaining 229 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

As of 2pm today 241 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 29 are in ICU. There were 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Health, said: ‘Our current disease trends are gravely concerning. The situation has deteriorated rapidly in recent days. A total of 3,837 cases have been notified in the past 7 days. The five day rolling average has increased from 339 on 17th December to 616 on 21st December, an 82% increase. It is now as important as it was back in March to limit your contacts and protect your loved ones.’

Dr Lorraine Nolan, chief executive, Health Products Regulatory Authority, said: ‘Today we welcome a highly significant announcement from the European Medicines Agency in their recommendation to approve a first vaccine for Covid-19 in Europe. It is a key development in our continued efforts to tackling this pandemic. This will become one additional defence in our suite of public health actions to protect us from Covid-19.’


Professor Philip Nolan, chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: ‘The virus is transmitting very rapidly, faster than we have seen at any point since March. The case numbers are growing at least 5-7% per day and, of particular concern, across all age groups.’


Dr Cillian De Gascun, medical virologist and director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, said: ‘To date, the novel SARS-CoV-2 UK variant has not been detected in Ireland. However, as we know the variant has been circulating in the UK since September, therefore we cannot exclude the possibility that the variant is already in Ireland. We are prioritising the sequencing of cases with confirmed or suspected links to the UK.’


The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of Covid-19 in the community.

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed case. The figure of 80,267 confirmed cases reflects this.


Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 20 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)


County Today's cases (to midnight 20Dec2020) 14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 20Dec2020) New Cases during last 14 days


Ireland 727 122.4 5,827
Donegal 44 273.9 436
Louth 21 240.5 310
Kilkenny 51 226.7 225
Wexford 48 199.7 299
Carlow <5 191.5 109
Cavan 6 177.2 135
Laois <5 173.6 147
Limerick 35 164.7 321
Monaghan 15 148.2 91
Dublin 311 142.6 1,921
Longford 0 141.9 58
Kerry 24 124.6 184
Meath 24 118.9 232
Mayo <5 111.1 145
Waterford 16 107.6 125
Sligo 8 103.8 68
Kildare 21 89.4 199
Wicklow 11 72.3 103
Tipperary 5 65.8 105
Cork 44 57.8 314
Offaly 0 57.7 45
Galway 15 51.5 133
Roscommon 6 51.1 33
Westmeath 5 47.3 42
Clare 9 32 38
Leitrim <5 28.1 9
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