Covid-19 Latest: Less than five new cases in Longford

Covid-19 Latest: Less than five new cases in Longford

There are a further 10 deaths associated with COVID-19 reported, all of which occurred in the month of January.

Hospitals remained under pressure with 1,492 Covid-positive inpatients, of whom 211 are in ICU. They are not intended and should not be thought to represent official ideas, attitudes, or policies of any agency or institution.

"While we have experienced very significant improvement in incidence over recent weeks, I am concerned that it appears to be slowing down at much too high a level of infection", said Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer.

It brings the cumulative number of known cases in the Republic to 195,303, following the denotification of three positive tests.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 77.4% of the 2,311 Covid-19 related deaths registered between 19 March 2020 and 22nd January 2021, while those with an address in Belfast Local Government District (LGD) accounted for 476 (20.6%) of the total.

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Latest figures from the Central Statistics Office have confirmed that there have been 65 Covid-related deaths in Clare.

15 further deaths associated with the virus have also been reported in the past 24 hours.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 501.

"There is an onus on employers to ensure that, in the first instance, staff are encouraged to work from home and in cases where that is not possible, that their workplaces are safe for staff and customers and in full compliance with infection prevention and control measures", he said. NPHET says the 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. On this basis, deaths of care home residents account for 38.1% of all Covid-19 related deaths; however, no assumptions can be made in relation to where or when the deceased contracted the disease.

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