The Department of Health has recorded 2,488 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 61 additional deaths.
Of the deaths reported today, 58* deaths occurred in January. The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 41-100 years.
There were 95 new cases in Waterford, where the 14 day incidence rate is the second highest in Ireland, at 1,792.1.
There has been a total of 2,768** COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight, Tuesday 19th January, the HPSC has been notified of 2,488 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 179,324*** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today:
- 1,090 are men / 1,383 are women
- 51% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 44 years old
- 726 in Dublin, 314 in Cork, 148 in Galway, 133 in Limerick, 130 in Meath and the remaining 1,037 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm today, 1,923 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 210 were in ICU at 11am. 85 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The number of cases and deaths that we are reporting today and the persisting high incidence rate of COVID-19 across the country shows that we cannot underestimate the highly infectious nature of this disease and the impact that it can have on families and communities.
“The virus spreads through close contacts, through the congregation of people. We need everyone to stay at home as much as possible, and to work from home, where possible. You should not meet up with friends or loved ones, unless you are caring for them. If you go out for exercise, you need to stay within 5km from your home, wear a face covering where appropriate and wash your hands when you return home to protect yourself from infection.
“If you are COVID positive you should self-isolate and stay at home, in your room, avoiding contact with other people. This is to protect the other people that you live with.”