Covid-19 Wednesday: 13 deaths, 938 new cases

December 23rd, 2020 6:13 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

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THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 13 additional deaths related to Covid-19.

There has been a total of 2,184 Covid-19-related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Tuesday 22nd December, the HPSC has been notified of 938 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 82,155* confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

416 are men / 517 are women

65% are under 45 years of age

The median age is 36 years old

300 in Dublin, 110 in Cork, 72 in Limerick, 68 in Donegal, 41 in Kildare and the remaining 347 cases are spread across 21 other counties.


As of 2pm today 251 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 25 are in ICU. There were 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.


Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Health, said: ‘The NPHET met today and reviewed the current epidemiological situation and has made recommendations to government. Every indicator of the disease is rising and rising rapidly. Our level of concern continues to escalate. We must do all we can individually and collectively to change the course of this disease.’


‘Revise your Christmas plans to ensure social contacts are limited and that hand hygiene, physical distance, ventilation and face covering measures are in place if you must have visitors to your home.’


Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health said: ‘The epidemiological situation reviewed today is the most serious it has been since last March. People should act at all times as if they or those they come into contact with are infectious. The disease has spread across all parts of the country and all age groups, we must act now to protect each other.’


‘It is inevitable that people will get sick and die as a result of this escalation, but it is not too late for all of us to do all we can to minimise that impact and to protect as many people as possible.’


Professor Philip Nolan, chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group said: ‘The situation has deteriorated further, even in the last two days. The reproduction number is higher than we have reported since March at 1.5 – 1.8. The day on day growth rate is estimated at 7 – 9%. These data emphasise the need for us to be exceptionally careful over Christmas and to adhere strictly to public health guidance.


Dr Cillian De Gascun, medical virologist and director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory said: ‘Preliminary data would suggest, based on a selection of samples analysed from the weekend, that the novel variant from the UK is present in Ireland. However, given the timeline of the samples analysed, it would seem that the novel variant is not solely responsible for the recent increase in case numbers seen in Ireland.’


The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators in the community.


*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 11 confirmed case. The figure of 82,155 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 22December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)


County Today's cases (to midnight 22Dec2020) 14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 22Dec2020) New Cases during last 14 days


Ireland 938 153.2 7,297
Donegal 68 317.9 506
Louth 38 291.7 376
Wexford 37 257.8 386
Monaghan 32 257.4 158
Kilkenny 16 239.8 238
Limerick 72 217.5 424
Carlow <5 200.2 114
Laois 10 194.8 165
Cavan 13 191.7 146
Dublin 300 180.4 2430
Kerry 35 163.2 241
Meath 38 151.2 295
Longford <5 144.3 59
Waterford 10 130 151
Kildare 41 125.8 280
Sligo 9 123.6 81
Mayo 20 123.4 161
Cork 110 86.9 472
Wicklow 14 82.1 117
Galway 38 74.8 193
Offaly <5 68 53
Tipperary <5 66.4 106
Westmeath 9 56.3 50
Roscommon <5 54.2 35
Clare 9 41.2 49
Leitrim <5 34.3 11





The 7 day incidence 104.7.


The 5 day moving average 785.



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