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Covid-19 Sunday: four more deaths and 744 new cases

December 27th, 2020 5:43 PM

By Con Downing

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As of 8am today, 639 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 58 are in ICU. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has this Sunday (27th) been notified of four additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,204 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Saturday, December 26th, the HPSC has been notified of 744 confirmed cases of COVID-19 – a significant drop on the previous day’s 1,296 cases There is now a total of 86,129 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 388 are men / 354 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 246 in Dublin, 131 in Cork, 51 in Limerick, 40 in Wexford, 33 in Donegal and the remaining 243 cases are spread across 19 other counties.


As of 8am today 324 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 26 are in ICU. 50 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We have seen a significant increase in the number of hospitalisations in the last two weeks from less than 190 to 324 today. This indicates a deteriorating disease trajectory nationally and is a significant reminder of the severity of this disease.”

“There have been further increases across key indicators of COVID-19 right across the country and the growth rate of the epidemic has accelerated in recent days.”

“Due to the lower volume of tests being carried out over Christmas Day and yesterday, we believe there are higher levels of disease circulating in the community than today’s reported case numbers reflect. We expect, therefore, to see a large increase in cases reported over the coming days.”

“If we do not act now to stop the spread of COVID-19, we will not be able to protect those in our society that are most at risk of serious illness or death.”


“Stay home, do not visit friends or family unless you are providing essential care and do not have visitors to your home. Follow the public health advice.”


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 26 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)


County Today's cases (to midnight 26Dec2020) 14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 26Dec2020) New Cases during last 14 days

(to 26Dec2020)

Ireland 744 209.6 9,979
Donegal 33 425.9 678
Wexford 40 348.6 522
Limerick 51 334.5 652
Louth 9 305.7 394
Monaghan 0 288.3 177
Kilkenny 17 268.1 266
Kerry 19 249.1 368
Dublin 246 249.1 3,356
Carlow <5 224.8 128
Cavan 9 195.6 149
Sligo 12 192.3 126
Laois <5 190.1 161
Meath 8 176.4 344
Kildare 24 168.5 375
Cork 131 162.5 882
Waterford 17 160.1 186
Mayo 18 129.5 169
Galway 21 123.2 318
Clare 17 115.3 137
Westmeath 17 113.8 101
Wicklow 22 112.3 160
Tipperary 18 94.0 150
Roscommon 5 88.3 57
Longford 0 88.1 36
Offaly <5 83.4 65
Leitrim <5 68.7 22

The seven-day incidence is 139.

The five-day moving average is 983.

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