Covid-19 Thursday: 28 deaths, 3,955 new cases

January 14th, 2021 6:04 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

As of 8am today, 262 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 51 are in ICU. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 28 additional deaths related to Covid-19.

Of these, 26 deaths occurred in January 2021. The date of death for two of these reported death remains under investigation.

There has been a total of 2,488 Covid-19-related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Wednesday 13th January, the HPSC has been notified of 3,955 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 163,057* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 1,826 are men / 2,115 are women
  • 54% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 42 years old
  • 1,210 are in Dublin, 456 in Cork, 235 in Louth, 221 in Meath, 218 in Limerick, and the remaining 1,615 cases are spread across all other counties.


As of 2pm today, 1,789 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 169 are in ICU. There were 154 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.


Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Health said: ‘Today we are giving some more information on the 208 people who have been reported to have sadly died from Covid-19 so far this month. Of these, 23 cases have been linked to outbreaks in hospitals and 38 with outbreaks in Nursing Homes. The ages of those who have died range from 25 to 98 years. Every death associated with Covid-19 is a tragedy. We must cut our social contacts in order to break the chains of transmission and protect those who are most vulnerable to this disease. Stay at home and save lives.’


Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health said: ‘COVID-19 is having a very significant impact on our health system. The best way we can protect ourselves and each other is by staying home and only leaving home for essential journeys. We have the power to change the trajectory of the disease in our communities. We must hold firm and continue to stay home.’


Professor Philip Nolan, chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: ‘From an epidemiological perspective, what we are seeing in this wave is different to what we have seen since springtime, and perhaps worse. The penetration of the virus throughout all ages of the population is a particular cause for serious concern, as is risk of severe disease that all of these people face. Poor health outcomes, risk of serious or long-term illness and hospitalisation remain a risk for us all when it comes to Covid-19. That is why we must follow public health advice and protect not only ourselves but our hospital system and healthcare workers by staying at home.’


Dr Cillian De Gascun, medical virologist and director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory said: ‘It is not unusual for viruses to mutate over time. We have identified multiple different SARS-CoV-2 lineages in Ireland since the start of the pandemic, and 2 of the 3 recently emerged variants of concern from the UK and South Africa. We also expect that more variants will emerge across the world in the coming months.  While some of the new variants will increase the risk of becoming infected because they have increased transmissibility – they can stick longer and better to surfaces – this does not mean that our continued adherence to the public health advice is in anyway less effective. We must continue to wash our hands, wear a face covering where appropriate, maintain our social distance and continue to adhere to the public health advice.’


Mr Liam Woods, director of Acute Hospitals, HSE said: ‘Our hospitals and our frontline healthcare workers are working under the enormous strain Covid-19 is exerting on our health service. 1,789 patients are in hospital with Covid-19, 169 of those in intensive care. The best way we can protect our health service and support our frontline workers is to stay home and continue to adhere to the public health advice.’


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 42 confirmed cases. The figure of 163,057 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 13 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)


County Today's cases

(to midnight 13Jan2021)

14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (31Dec2020 to 13Jan2021) New Cases during last 14 days

(31Dec2020 to 13Jan2021)

Ireland 3,955 1,497.0 71,286
Monaghan 66 2,793.8 1,715
Louth 235 2,461.9 3,173
Limerick 218 2,085.7 4,065
Waterford 113 1,904.0 2,212
Wexford 124 1,792.0 2,683
Mayo 83 1,709.5 2,231
Dublin 1,210 1,684.0 22,689
Carlow 47 1,591.4 906
Clare 124 1,578.1 1,875
Cork 456 1,567.8 8,511
Donegal 154 1,546.6 2,462
Cavan 74 1,543.8 1,176
Meath 221 1,266.9 2,471
Kilkenny 43 1,218.4 1,209
Kerry 55 1,137.4 1,680
Kildare 118 1,118.2 2,488
Sligo 24 1,106.3 725
Galway 217 1,093.6 2,822
Roscommon 39 1,061.3 685
Offaly 34 1,028.7 802
Laois 60 952.8 807
Longford 7 949.3 388
Tipperary 94 941.4 1,502
Westmeath 33 772.8 686
Wicklow 95 766.0 1,091
Leitrim 11 724.0 232


The 7 day incidence rate is 744.5

The 5 day moving average is 4,473


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