Coronavirus: 56 further deaths and 574 new cases

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 56 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

According to NPHET’s statement this evening, 31 of these deaths occurred in February, 13 occurred in January, three in December or earlier, while a further nine are under investigation.

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The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 16 to 97 years.

There has been a total of 4,237 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Tuesday, February 23, the HPSC has been notified of 574 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There is now a total of 216,870* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 285 are men / 287 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 34 years old
  • 175 in Dublin, 57 in Limerick, 43 in Kildare, 37 in Galway, 35 in Meath and the remaining 227 cases are spread across 18 other counties. 

As of 8am today, 652 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 137 are in ICU.

There has been 35 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of February 21, 353,971 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland.

According to figures released, 222,073 people have received their first dose and 131,898 people have received their second dose.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We continue to see good progress, but this needs to be sustained.

“It is vital that we get our children back to school over the coming weeks.

“A key part of making this a success will be our continued collective buy-in to the public health measures that are tried and tested.

“Stay at home, work from home where possible.

“Given the increased transmissibility of the virus now, we must continue to limit our social contacts and do all we can to starve this disease of opportunities to spread.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community, including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of four confirmed cases. The figure of 216,870 cases reflects this.

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