Covid-19 Wednesday: 13 additional deaths and 1,718 new cases

December 30th, 2020 5:31 PM

By Con Downing

As of 8am today, 448 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 88 are in ICU.  (Photo: Shutterstock)

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has this Wednesday been notified of 13 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,226 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Tuesday, December 29th, the HPSC has been notified of 1,718 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 90,157 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 853 are men / 863 are women
  • 66% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 358 in Dublin, 164 in Cork, 155 in Louth, 150 in Donegal, 112 in Galway and the remaining 779 cases are spread across all other counties.


As of 2pm today 455 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. 60 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.


Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; ““Ireland is no longer in a containment phase and is once again in a mitigation phase. Given the current levels of transmission in the community, every individual should consider themselves potentially infectious.

“It is essential that we all limit our contacts to our own household now, restrict our movements and do not give COVID-19 any further opportunities to spread.

“Everyone needs to stay at home other than for essential work or care. This is not the time to be visiting other houses.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “The reproduction number remains very high and is currently estimated at 1.6 – 1.8. The growth rate is estimated to be 7-10% per day with a doubling time of 7-10 days.

“We must take action immediately to prevent an almost unimaginable scenario, where case numbers in 7 to 10 days time are twice what they are today. Stay home.”

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


County Today's cases (to midnight 29Dec2020) 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (16Dec2020 to 29Dec2020) New Cases during last 14 days (16Dec2020 to 29Dec2020)
Ireland 1,718 272.7 12,987
Donegal 150 520.1 828
Monaghan 44 514.8 316
Louth 155 497.3 641
Limerick 83 406.4 792
Wexford 53 381.4 571
Kilkenny 57 310.4 308
Dublin 358 308.5 4,157
Cavan 66 298.0 227
Kerry 30 295.2 436
Sligo 32 271.6 178
Meath 96 269.2 525
Laois 23 237.3 201
Carlow 19 237.1 135
Cork 164 234.7 1,274
Mayo 66 209.2 273
Kildare 44 203.6 453
Waterford 26 185.9 216
Galway 112 183.3 473
Clare 40 180.1 214
Westmeath 29 167.8 149
Wicklow 20 141.8 202
Roscommon 7 123.9 80
Tipperary 23 115.3 184
Offaly 14 106.5 83
Longford <5 100.3 41
Leitrim <5 93.6 30


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