The total number of Covid-19 deaths in Donegal has risen to 73.
Eleven people with the virus have passed away in Donegal between 11th December and 8th January.
CSO statistics, published today, show that the median age of those who died in Donegal is 83.
A total of 6,245 cases of Covid-19 has been recorded in Donegal up to last week. The median age of all people infected with coronavirus in Donegal is now 38.
The week of 20th November saw Donegal’s highest number of coronavirus deaths this winter, with six people passing during this period.
CSO analysis of daily cases shows that Ireland’s surge in cases started around December 20th. The peak in daily cases was in or around December 28th (5,508 cases). The daily cases at that point reached a plateau until January 4th, which has been described as a turning point with daily cases beginning to fall.
From the start of the pandemic to 8th January, the total number of people who have died due to COVID-19 in Ireland is 2,096, with a further 231 deaths cited as probable deaths linked to the virus.
The virus claimed the lives of 122 more men than women up to and including the week ending 08 January. It also continues to impact the older age groups the hardest, with 64% of all confirmed COVID-19 deaths to date in the 80 years old or older age group.
The average number of contacts per positive case per week was three in the week ending 08 January, down from four contacts per case in late December.