Saturday, December 12, 2020

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan

Less than five cases of Covid-19 were reported in Carlow on Saturday evening among 248 reported nationally.

The exact figure is not known but is between 1-4.

There have been 90 cases in the county in the last two weeks and the county has the fourth highest rate in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today also been notified of 3 additional deaths related to Covid-19.

There has been a total of 2,123 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 124 are men / 122 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 33 years old
  • 99 in Dublin, 21 in Louth, 16 in Limerick,15 in Meath, 13 in Cavan and the remaining 83 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

As of 2pm today 185 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 10 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

 

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Ireland currently has the lowest incidence in Europe and has protected against the significant mortality and severe illness that many European countries, as well as the United States, have experienced.

“Our younger generation led the way, with the incidence in the 19-24 year age group reduced from 432 per 100,000 population to 41 per 100,000 population. This is an enormous achievement.

“We all need to recognise how well our younger generation has reduced their contacts and helped to protect the whole population. We all now need to follow this example in the weeks ahead.

“We can do this by planning from now for Christmas to reduce our social contacts and limit our activities to those that are essential and most important to us.”

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