TWELVE new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Donegal this evening.
Nationally, 57 further Covid-19 related deaths and 650 new cases were announced by health officials.
Thirty-four of the deaths reported today occurred in February with 21 in January and the other two in November and December.
The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 52-99 years.
Of today’s cases, 12 were in Donegal, where there have been 267 cases over the past 14 days.
While case numbers have fallen, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, says the situation ‘remains precarious’.
“Almost 90 per cent of cases in Ireland are the B117 variant,” he said.
“The increased transmissibility of this variant is apparent in the current profile of the disease in households, with one in three household contacts of a confirmed case testing positive for Covid-19.
“This underlines the need for people to exercise caution in households and other settings.
“In particular, people should isolate immediately on experiencing any symptoms and contact their GP.”
As of 8am today, 831 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 154 are in ICU. There have been 49 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.Tags: