ANOTHER 63 Covid-19 related deaths have been confirmed in Ireland this evening, with 3,569 new cases.
Of today’s new cases, 136 were in Donegal with 2,359 cases in the county over the last 14 days.
Five of the deaths announced today occurred in November, one occurred in December with 56 happening in January. The date of death for one reported death remains under investigation, health officials say.
There have now been 159,144 cases and 2,460 Covid-19 related deaths.
Of the cases notified today: 1,616 are men and 1,924 are women; 54 per cent are under 45 years of age; the median age is 42 years old.
As of 2pm today, 1,770 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 172 are in ICU. There have been 133 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We are seeing some early signs of progress with daily case numbers and positivity rates.
“We can take some hope from them, but we have a long, long way to go. In the coming weeks ahead, we will need to draw upon our reserves of resilience from springtime as we can expect to see hospitalisations, admissions to ICU and mortality related to Covid-19 increase day on day.
“The best way that we can all support one another now is to stay apart. Sadly, what we are seeing now is a result of the very high daily confirmed case numbers we experienced for successive weeks. To ensure our hospitals and loved ones remain protected, and stay alive to receive the vaccine, please continue to follow public health advice and stay home.
“At this challenging time, it is important to remind those that need acute care that hospitals are there for those that need them. No one should ignore any worrying signs they may need medical attention, such as lumps, chest pain or other new symptoms. Phone your GP if you have any concerns, not just those related to COVID-19.”Tags: