Coronavirus: 54 further deaths and 1,335 new cases

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 54 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

According to this evening’s statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), 50 deaths occurred in January.

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The median age of those who died is 85 years and the age range is 55 to 96 years.

There has been a total of 3,120 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Tuesday, January 26, the HPSC has been notified of 1,335 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There has now been a total of 191,182* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 618 are men and 711 are women
  • 54% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 43 years old
  • 437 in Dublin, 114 in Cork, 78 in Galway, 71 in Meath, 61 in Louth and the remaining 574 cases are spread across all other counties**

As of 2pm today, 1,670 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 217 are in ICU.

There have been 81 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "The current 14-day incidence remains more than double the peak incidence experienced during previous Level 5 measures in October.

“Therefore, now is not the time to drop your guard and start to interact with people outside your household.

“The risk of transmission in the community remains very high. We must continue to work towards reducing incidence of disease and preventing further hospitalisations and deaths."

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

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 191,182 confirmed cases reflects this.

**County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

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