Covid-19 Monday: one more death and 765 new cases

December 28th, 2020 5:57 PM

By Con Downing

As of midnight, Wednesday 21st April, the HPSC has been notified of 617 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has this Monday been notified of one additional death related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,205 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight on Sunday, December 27th, the HPSC has been notified of 765 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 86,894 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 401 are men / 358 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 33 years old
  • 291 in Dublin, 63 in Cork, 59 in Monaghan, 49 in Louth, 43 in Meath, and the remaining 260 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 2pm today, 359 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU. There have been 41 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours, with five additional admissions to ICU.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: ‘The data we are reporting today are lower than days up to December 26th. This however results from factors related to the time of the year, such as the lower rates of attendance and referrals and presentation for testing for several days over Christmas.

‘We look at many metrics when monitoring the disease severity of COVID-19. Today we are reporting that we have now exceeded the cumulative number of people hospitalised in this third wave than in the second. Hospitalisations have increased sharply in the last two days. This is a concerning trend which reflects the sharp increase incidence we saw in the last 10 days.

‘We are also seeing a steep rise in the positivity rates in community testing with a seven-day average of over 9.2 percent up from 5.2 percent on December 18th. This indicates that the virus is increasing its foothold out in our communities. This is just one more reason why we are strongly advising everyone to stay safely at home to avoid transmitting or catching this virus, as it continues to circulate widely.

‘Please come forward for testing if you feel unwell. Know the symptoms of COVID-19, and do not delay in phoning your GP for advice. Self-isolate in your room if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath or change in sense of taste/smell. If you are a household contact of a confirmed case, restrict your movements until your household member receives a negative test result.

‘In addition to staying at home except for essential reasons, these important individual actions will help to stop the exponential spread of COVID-19 in our communities and in turn protect the most vulnerable, our healthcare system and those who work on the frontlines.’

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


Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 27 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)


County Today's cases (to midnight 27Dec2020) 14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 27Dec2020) New Cases during last 14 days

(to 27Dec2020)

Ireland 765 220.1 10481
Donegal 23 425.3 677
Monaghan 59 384.5 236
Louth 49 342.2 441
Limerick 37 341.7 666
Wexford 5 341.3 511
Dublin 291 265 3570
Kilkenny <5 261 259
Kerry 23 252.5 373
Cavan 28 227.1 173
Carlow <5 214.3 122
Sligo 13 210.6 138
Meath 43 198.4 387
Laois 5 186.5 158
Kildare 26 173.5 386
Cork 63 172.2 935
Waterford <5 157.5 183
Mayo 9 129.5 169
Clare 14 128.8 153
Galway 18 128.3 331
Wicklow 15 118 168
Westmeath 18 114.9 102
Roscommon 10 103.8 67
Tipperary <5 93.4 149
Longford <5 88.1 36
Offaly <5 84.7 66
Leitrim <5 78 25


The seven-day incidence is 140.

The five-day moving average is 949.

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