Covid-19 Sunday: four more deaths and 764 new cases

December 20th, 2020 6:27 PM

By Con Downing

As of 8am today, 692 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 75 are in ICU.(Photo: Shutterstock)

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

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

As of midnight on Saturday, December 19th , the HPSC has been notified of 764 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 79,542* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 403 are men / 355 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 284 in Dublin, 70 in Limerick, 52 in Donegal, 44 in Cork, 37 in Wexford and the remaining 277 cases are spread across another 20 counties.

As of 2pm today 233 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 29 are in ICU. 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health said: “Every indicator of disease severity is moving in the wrong direction, more rapidly than we had anticipated. We have particularly strong concerns about the prospect of inter-generational mixing around the festive season.

"On 11th December the 7-day incidence rate for people aged 19-44 was 106 per 100,000 population, by yesterday this rate had more than doubled to 217 per 100,000. If these younger people come into contact with their loved ones over the age of 65, we could see a spike in infections in this more vulnerable group. This would lead to very a serious pattern of disease, hospitalisations, ICU admissions and unnecessary deaths.

“If you have been socialising in the past few weeks or over this weekend, consider your Christmas plans carefully. Is it responsible to meet with your family over 65 later this week, if you have not kept your contacts low? Should you cancel your plans? We have the very real prospect of COVID-19 vaccines on the horizon.

'Ensure that your loved ones stay alive to receive them, by keeping your distance from them if you have not restricted your movements to this point. As difficult as it may seem, staying away from older family this Christmas will protect them - and it would be an exceptional sacrifice made for the common good.”

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 reclassification of 2 cases as confirmed. The figure of 79,542 cases reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 19 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)


County Today's cases (to midnight 19Dec2020) 14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 19Dec2020) New Cases during last 14 days


Ireland 764 112.2 5,343
Donegal 52 263.8 420
Louth 36 235.1 303
Kilkenny 8 197.5 196
Carlow 11 195.0 111
Laois 19 174.7 148
Cavan 14 174.6 133
Wexford 37 169.0 253
Limerick 70 152.9 298
Longford <5 144.3 59
Dublin 284 124.8 1,682
Monaghan 8 123.8 76
Mayo 9 116.5 152
Kerry 29 108.3 160
Meath 31 107.7 210
Waterford 17 105.0 122
Sligo 14 93.1 61
Kildare 28 84.0 187
Wicklow 10 68.8 98
Offaly 0 65.4 51
Tipperary 8 62.7 100
Galway 17 52.3 135
Cork 44 51.6 280
Westmeath 8 45.1 40
Roscommon <5 43.4 28
Clare <5 26.9 32
Leitrim <5 25.0 8


The seven-day incidence rate is 70.9. 


The five-day moving average is 557.

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