Covid-19 Tuesday: nine additional deaths and 1,546 new cases

December 29th, 2020 6:29 PM

By Con Downing

As of 8am today, 408 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 69 are in ICU. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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

There has been a total of 2,213 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Monday, December 28th, the HPSC has been notified of 1,546 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 88,439 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 757 are men / 788 are women
  • 66% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 444 in Dublin, 203 in Cork, 111 in Louth, 87 in Limerick, 85 in Donegal and the remaining 616 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 2pm today, 411 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. 47 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We have reached a significant milestone in our collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland, with the launch of our national vaccination programme. To see the first recipients of the vaccine gives us hope for better times ahead, particularly for those of us who are the most vulnerable to the virus, including those over 70 and with underlying medical conditions. The vaccination programme will focus on the priority groups in line with the recent decisions of Government in the first instance.

“As the vaccination programme rolls out, particularly given the increasing spread of the disease and the concerning rise in the number of hospitalisations – up to 411 today – we each need to remember to remain vigilant to the ongoing risk of the spread of COVID-19 and follow the public health advice in our everyday lives. Following the public health advice is our only means to suppress the spread of the virus in the community. You are protecting yourself and your family from this highly infectious virus every time you wash your hands, wear a face covering, keep a 2m distance, reduce your social contacts and stay at home if you feel unwell.”

Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, said: “It is really great to see the COVID-19 vaccination programme commence today following the specific training for this significant vaccination programme. Many nurses and midwives are trained vaccinators and alongside their colleagues including hospital doctors, GPs, public health, pharmacists and allied health colleagues will play a significant role in delivering a safe, patient centred approach to the programme.

“Many nurses and midwives will be among the first to receive the vaccine so we can continue to provide care to all our patients. It is vital however to support them and all our frontline staff by continuing to adhere to the public health measures advised as the vaccine programme rolls out.”

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


County Today's cases (to midnight 28Dec2020) 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (15Dec2020 to 28Dec2020) New Cases during last 14 days (15Dec2020 to 28Dec2020)
Ireland 1,546 245.6 11,697
Donegal 85 457.3 728
Monaghan 56 454.5 279
Louth 111 395.7 510
Limerick 87 370.4 722
Wexford 33 355.3 532
Dublin 444 291.8 3,932
Kerry 57 285.7 422
Kilkenny 19 268.1 266
Cavan 26 246.8 188
Sligo 15 228.9 150
Meath 65 226.6 442
Laois 38 225.5 191
Carlow 5 210.8 120
Cork 203 207.8 1,128
Kildare 58 191.5 426
Mayo 69 175.5 229
Waterford 16 167 194
Clare 20 147.3 175
Galway 43 143.4 370
Westmeath 27 136.3 121
Wicklow 20 130.6 186
Roscommon 11 117.7 76
Tipperary 12 102.2 163
Longford 6 100.3 41
Offaly 17 98.8 77
Leitrim <5 90.5 29


The seven-day incidence is 151.8.

The five-day moving average is 1,073.

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