Covid-19: 93 further deaths, 2,001 additional cases

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A medic in PPE and ambulances outside the Accident and Emergency department at the Mater Hospital in Dublin. Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn has warned significant levels of Covid-19 mortality lie ahead for Ireland and "hospitals are under intense pressure". Picture date: Monday January 18, 2021.
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James Cox

A further 93 Covid-19 related deaths and 2,001 additional cases have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland.

Of the deaths reported today, three deaths occurred in December and 89 occurred in January.

The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 41-99. There are no newly reported deaths in healthcare workers. There are no newly reported deaths in a person under the age of 30.

There has been a total of 2,708 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Monday, January 18th, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been notified of 2,001 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 176,839 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 892 are men / 1,098 are women.
  • 55 per cent are under 45 years of age.
  • The median age is 42 years old.
  • 701 cases are in Dublin, 204 in Cork, 102 in Waterford, 98 in Meath, 90 in Donegal and the remaining 806 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 2pm today, 1,949 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 202 were in ICU at 11am. 100 additional Covid-19 patients have been recorded in Irish hospitals in the past 24 hours.

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Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “While we are starting to see the early results of our collective efforts to minimise the transmission of the virus, we are very sadly reporting an additional 93 deaths today. We cannot afford to drop our guard against the very high levels of infection that remain in the community at present. Covid-19 ICU and hospitalisation numbers are of critical concern to us, representing a very significant pressure on our healthcare workers and on the provision of acute medical and surgical non-Covid care.”

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He added: “We need everyone to stay at home, other than for essential reasons. The more that each individual follows this advice in their everyday lives, the more we can drive down the spread of COVID-19 and minimise the impact on vital healthcare services, patients and frontline workers.”

New figures show that 94,000 people have received a Covid-19 vaccine dose in the Republic.

Some 71,000 doses have been administered to frontline healthcare workers and a further 23,000 to residents or staff of long-term residential facilities.

A total of 140,000 vaccines should be administered by this Sunday, while people will also start to receive their second dose of the vaccine this week.

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