THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has today been notified of 10 additional deaths related to Covid-19, seven of which were recorded in April with one each recorded respectively in March, February and January.
The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was between 62 and 104. This brings the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the State to 4,866.
As of midnight on Wednesday, April 21, the HPSC has been notified of 617 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 12 cases reported in Waterford. County Monaghan recorded no new cases overnight.
There has now been a total of 245,310 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the State. Of the cases notified today, 299 are men and 318 are women; 70% are under 45 years of age and the median age is 33. In terms of the largest number of cases per county 236 were recorded in Dublin, with 84 in Donegal, 37 in Kildare, 34 in Tipperary and 30 in Offaly. The remaining 196 cases are spread across 20 other counties.
As of 8am today, 176 Covid-19 patients were hospitalised, with 48 in Intensive Care (ICU) with 19 additional hospitalisations recorded over the past 24 hours.
As of April 20, 1,240,965 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland: 878,823 people have received their first dose while 362,142 people have received their second dose
Said Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan: “We are in a strong position in that transmission levels have reduced substantially and the roll-out of vaccination is protecting more and more of those at risk from the severe effects of Covid-19.
“If we can maintain our current position there is hope that we can look forward to a real easing of measures, but it is as important as ever that we don’t put that progress at risk by letting our collective guard down too much, or too early.”
Said Professor Philip Nolan who Chairs NPHET’s Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group: “The R number is estimated as being very close to 1.0. We continue to keep close contacts at 2.6 – a phenomenal testament to the public in keeping social transmission low. All indicators of the disease are stable or declining slowly, though we may see an increase in cases over the coming days. Maintaining this over the coming weeks is key to managing community transmission, and a move towards easing of measures.”
According to Professor Martin Cormican, Clinical Lead for Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, HSE & Professor of Bacteriology at NUI Galway: “The benefits of vaccination in Nursing Homes and long-term residential care facilities are now very clear with a dramatic drop in the number of residents and staff developing severe disease.
“New visitation guidance agreed by NPHET today represents another step to support residents in long term residential care facilities in maintaining meaningful relationships with their family and friends. From May 4, nursing home residents – in which most residents are fully vaccinated – can expect four visits with two people per week.”