Carlow saw its highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases on Saturday evening since figures began.
41 cases were reported this evening in the county bringing the rolling 14 day total to 178. Nationally, there were a record 3,394 cases and four additional deaths.
The most recent figures dated between 14-28 December show that Tullow Local Electoral Area (LEA) had the highest number of cases with 51 followed by Bagenalstown LEA with 45. Carlow LEA had the lowest number with 30 despite having the largest population of the three LEAs.
Of the cases notified today:
- 1,619 are men / 1,766 are women
- 65% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 35 years old
- 389 in Cork, 355 in Dublin, 339 in Donegal, 258 in Louth, 233 in Mayo and the remaining 1,820 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm today, 607 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 56 are in ICU. 71 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The incidence of Covid-19 is as high, if not higher now than it was in March. Every individual needs to act as if they are infectious. Hospitalisations are rising to levels close to what we saw in the springtime. Everyone needs to stay at home other than for essential work or care.
“It is really important that vulnerable and older people do not leave their homes unless absolutely essential. This includes asking neighbours or family to carry out errands such as grocery shopping, limiting all contacts to only those people you live with or have to visit for essential care reasons.
“We need to rediscover the spirit of solidarity and community we saw in March and April so that we can all do our part in protecting older and vulnerable people.
“People particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 include older persons and people with pre-existing medical conditions including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer.”