Covid-19 Tuesday: 13 deaths, 970 new cases

December 22nd, 2020 6:08 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

'The current trajectory of the disease in the community is of grave concern. In the last seven days to midnight Monday, we have reported 4,478 cases, an increase of more than 110% over the preceding week.' (Photo: Shutterstock)

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THERE have been 13 deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There have been a total of 2,171 Covid-19-related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Monday 21st December, the HPSC has been notified of 970 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 81,228* confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 470 are men /494 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 37 years old
  • 348 in Dublin, 60 in Limerick, 59 in Cork, 59 in Wexford, 55 in Louth and the remaining 389 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

As of 2pm today 238 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 28 are in ICU. There were 23 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Health, said: ‘The current trajectory of the disease in the community is of grave concern.  In the last seven days to midnight Monday, we have reported 4,478 cases, an increase of more than 110% over the preceding week.

‘In the last 5 days, we have seen extraordinary growth in the incidence of the virus across the country, significantly increasing the level of risk associated with the kind of inter-generational mixing that is normally experienced over the Christmas holidays.

‘To protect ourselves, our families and our vulnerable loved ones in particular, further economic and social restrictions will begin to be introduced from Christmas Eve. It is up to each one of us to rethink our plans for this Christmas period, especially when it comes to visiting older or more medically vulnerable family members and friends.

‘With the authorisation of the first Covid-19 vaccine by the European Commission yesterday, our national vaccine programme can begin in the very near future and this gives us cause for hope.

‘However, widespread vaccination of the population will take time, so we need to continue to adhere to the public health advice on hand washing, keeping 2m distance, wearing face coverings where appropriate, covering our coughs and reducing our social contacts for the duration of the Level 5 restrictions. By working together we can reduce the spread of Covid-19 and safeguard our schools and our hospitals.’

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 9 confirmed cases. The figure of 81,228 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 21 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)


County Today's cases (to midnight 21Dec2020) 14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 21Dec2020) New Cases during last 14 days


Ireland 970 138.2 6,583
Donegal 50 290.8 463
Louth 55 273.1 352
Wexford 59 237.8 356
Kilkenny 26 236.8 235
Monaghan 41 213.4 131
Carlow 10 200.2 114
Limerick 60 189.8 370
Laois 13 186.5 158
Cavan 6 183.8 140
Dublin 348 163.1 2,197
Kerry 27 140.1 207
Longford <5 139.5 57
Meath 36 136.9 267
Waterford 27 127.4 148
Mayo 9 113.4 148
Kildare 54 111 247
Sligo <5 109.9 72
Wicklow 15 75.1 107
Offaly 9 69.3 54
Cork 59 67.6 367
Tipperary 8 65.2 104
Galway 40 64.3 166
Roscommon <5 48 31
Westmeath 5 47.3 42
Clare <5 34.5 41
Leitrim 0 28.1 9
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