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Ponderous Fall of Covid Daily Cases Leaving Experts Flummoxed

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There have been 686 new cases of Covid-19 and one additional death confirmed today.

278 of the cases are in Dublin, with 49 in Limerick, 37 in Kildare, 32 in Louth and 31 in Donegal, with the remaining cases spread across all other counties.

It’s the second day in a row that just Covid-related death has been reported. 726 patients are in hospital with the virus, which includes 156 in intensive care.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 325 are men / 354 are women
  • 66% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old

As of February 19th, 340,704 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 214,384 people have received their first dose
  • 126,320 people have received their second dose

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “We continue to see really high levels of compliance amongst the population and this is having a positive impact on the levels of disease in our communities. It is also having a positive impact on our hospitals – while last week there were 269 cases in healthcare workers and 4 outbreaks in our hospitals these represent a very significant reduction compared with the 839 cases and 15 outbreaks in the week to the 7th of February.

In time, vaccination will be our most powerful tool against COVID-19 and over the coming weeks those who are highest risk in our families and communities will get vaccinated. For now, each of us has a range of tried and trusted tools at our disposal – by keeping our distance, washing our hands, wearing face masks and staying at home we will continue to drive down transmission of this disease. Our collective efforts move us closer to the continued re-opening of our schools and the resumption of non-COVID healthcare services.”