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)

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

(to 05Jan2021)

Ireland 7,836 819.1 39,005
Monaghan 275 1638.8 1,006
Louth 496 1528.5 1,970
Limerick 345 1252.4 2,441
Donegal 231 1052.8 1,676
Cavan 160 1013.4 772
Dublin 2,263 955.2 12,870
Sligo 93 866.7 568
Cork 1,373 815.9 4,429
Mayo 121 808.4 1,055
Meath 340 759.8 1,482
Kerry 235 721.7 1,066
Wexford 244 687.9 1,030
Clare 147 681.7 810
Carlow 86 665.7 379
Longford 78 650.8 266
Kildare 276 640.4 1,425
Kilkenny 85 633.9 629
Waterford 186 631.8 734
Offaly 135 628.5 490
Laois 107 606.9 514
Galway 178 509.6 1,315
Westmeath 123 503.5 447
Roscommon 25 480.3 310
Leitrim 24 477.5 153
Tipperary 113 391.7 625
Wicklow 97 381.3 543

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

Date reported Reported Confirmed cases Tests processed Positive tests detected Positivity rate
23/12/2020 22,884 1,269 5.5%
24/12/2020 922 21,416 1,643 7.7%
25/12/2020 1,019 11,999 1,207 10.1%
26/12/2020 1,293 3,536 343 9.7%
27/12/2020 744 9,405 1,178 12.5%
28/12/2020 764 13,805 2,007 14.5%
29/12/2020 1,546 17,484 2,867 16.4%
30/12/2020 1,720 26,312 4,371 16.6%
31/12/2020 1,620 27,389 5,621 20.5%
01/01/2021 1,754 20,846 4,553 21.8%
02/01/2021 3,394 28,545 6,486 22.7%
03/01/2021 4,692 20,571 5,199 25.3%
04/01/2021 6,110 19,869 4,427 22.3%
05/01/2021 5,325 28,368 6862 24.2%
06/01/2021 7,836