Record Number of Cases Confirmed as New UK Varient Is Now Rife Here

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There Department of Health has confirmed17 additional deaths related to COVID-19 this evening to extend the death toll to 2,299 as a result of COVID-19 in Ireland.

As of midnight, Tuesday 5th January, the HPSC has been notified of 7,836 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 121,154* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 3,740 are men / 4,078 are women
  • 63% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 36 years old
  • 2,263 in Dublin, 1,373 in Cork, 496 in Louth, 345 in Limerick, 340 in Meath and the remaining 3,019 cases are spread across all other counties. 

As of 2pm today, 954 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 88 are in ICU. 105 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The country is in a serious phase of this surge of COVID-19. There is evidence of an increasing presence of the UK variant in Ireland. All counties have an upward trajectory of the disease. There is concerning escalation of admissions to hospital and ICU. We are very likely to see escalating mortality and ICU admissions in the coming days and weeks.

“It has never been more important, throughout our experience of this pandemic, to stay home and only meet people outside of your household for essential purposes, always adhering to public health advice; physical distance, hand hygiene, cough/sneeze etiquette, wearing a face covering.”

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 121,154 confirmed cases reflects this.

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 Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 05 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 05Jan2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 05Jan2021)New Cases during last 14 days

(to 05Jan2021)

Ireland7,836819.139,005
Monaghan2751638.81,006
Louth4961528.51,970
Limerick3451252.42,441
Donegal2311052.81,676
Cavan1601013.4772
Dublin2,263955.212,870
Sligo93866.7568
Cork1,373815.94,429
Mayo121808.41,055
Meath340759.81,482
Kerry235721.71,066
Wexford244687.91,030
Clare147681.7810
Carlow86665.7379
Longford78650.8266
Kildare276640.41,425
Kilkenny85633.9629
Waterford186631.8734
Offaly135628.5490
Laois107606.9514
Galway178509.61,315
Westmeath123503.5447
Roscommon25480.3310
Leitrim24477.5153
Tipperary113391.7625
Wicklow97381.3543

Reporting over latest 14-day period (23/12/2020-06/01/2021)

Date reportedReported Confirmed casesTests processedPositive tests detectedPositivity rate
23/12/202022,8841,2695.5%
24/12/202092221,4161,6437.7%
25/12/20201,01911,9991,20710.1%
26/12/20201,2933,5363439.7%
27/12/20207449,4051,17812.5%
28/12/202076413,8052,00714.5%
29/12/20201,54617,4842,86716.4%
30/12/20201,72026,3124,37116.6%
31/12/20201,62027,3895,62120.5%
01/01/20211,75420,8464,55321.8%
02/01/20213,39428,5456,48622.7%
03/01/20214,69220,5715,19925.3%
04/01/20216,11019,8694,42722.3%
05/01/20215,32528,368686224.2%
06/01/20217,836