Coronavirus: Five deaths and 270 new cases

By William O'Connor

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

There has now been a total of 2,074 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

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As of midnight Tuesday 1 December, the HPSC has been notified of 270 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There has now been a total of 73,066 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

(*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 73,066 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 141 are men and 129 are women
  • 63% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 37 years old
  • 58 in Dublin, 38 in Donegal, 28 in Wicklow, 25 in Mayo, 24 in Limerick and the remaining 97 cases are spread across 21 other counties

As of 2pm today, 231 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. There have been 27 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

"It is important to keep up the progress that we have achieved in recent weeks. Ireland now has the lowest 14-day incidence of COVID-19 in the EU according to the latest ECDC figures and we need to hold firm to this position. As the country moves into Level 3, there is no room for complacency in our response to COVID-19.

"As more services reopen for business, remember to use the basic public health advice as a guide when organising your time.

When you are out in shops and accessing services, try to avoid high risk situations and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible on busy streets and crowded outdoor areas.

When you come home from shopping or being outdoors, remember that washing your hands is your first priority.

For those of us who cannot work from home, the wearing of a face covering is now advised when moving around busy indoor workplaces and in communal work areas.

If you are planning to travel around your county, consider first whether it is absolutely necessary to travel.

"Your individual actions are vital to our national effort to suppress the transmission of this disease."

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