Covid-19 Saturday: five more deaths and 527 new cases

December 19th, 2020 5:53 PM

By Con Downing

As of 8am today, 635 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 63 are in ICU. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today (Saturday 19th) been notified of five additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,154 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Friday 18th December, the HPSC has been notified of 527 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 78,776* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 271 are men / 255 are women
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 37 years old
  • 191 in Dublin, 54 in Cork, 44 in Donegal, 32 in Wexford, 27 in Kilkenny, and the remaining 179 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

As of 2pm today 207 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 28 are in ICU. 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health said: ““The figures we are seeing across all key indicators of disease severity continue to give us strong reason for persistent, ongoing concern. As we head into a week with uniquely risky inter-household and inter-generational mixing, please remember to act responsibly. Start this weekend. It is never too late to cut down your contacts, cancel plans, or avoid a crowd.”

“Bear in mind that you may well be the link in a chain of transmission that ends with a vulnerable loved one catching this dangerous disease. Stop that chain of transmission now – limit your movements today.”

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 led to the denotification of 5 cases. The figure of 78,776 cases reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 18 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

County Today's cases (to midnight 18Dec2020) 14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 18Dec2020) New Cases during last 14 days


IRELAND 527 102.4 4,875
Donegal 44 250.6 399
Louth 12 216.5 279
Kilkenny 27 202.6 201
Carlow 16 189.7 108
Cavan 13 164.1 125
Laois 11 152.3 129
Wexford 32 145.6 218
Longford 0 144.3 59
Limerick 17 123.7 241
Monaghan 6 122.2 75
Dublin 191 112.6 1,517
Mayo <5 111.1 145
Meath 23 96.9 189
Waterford 13 91.2 106
Kerry 20 90.7 134
Kildare 11 77.3 172
Offaly <5 73.1 57
Sligo 5 71.7 47
Wicklow 7 68.8 98
Tipperary <5 62.0 99
Galway 11 49.6 128
Cork 54 46.1 250
Roscommon <5 43.4 28
Westmeath <5 36.0 32
Clare <5 26.1 31
Leitrim <5 25.0 8


The seven-day incidence rate is 63.7.

The five-day moving average is 469.

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