Covid-19: 4,929 New Cases And Eight Additional Deaths

Laverne Higgins
January 13, 2021

Some 40% of Ireland's most recent positive cases of COVID-19 are caused by the more contagious United Kingdom variant, said Cillian De Gascun, director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, in a statement on Monday.

The Department of Health has updated the COVID-19 figures for the Republic of Ireland as Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly outlined his pledge to accrue more vaccines by the end of January.

As of 2pm yesterday, 1,582 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 146 are in ICU.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: "While we are seeing the first glimmer of hope in respect of our daily case figures and positivity rates, the situation in hospitals and ICUs around the country continues to worsen day on day".

"This will only continue if every one of us is committed to following the public health advice to stay at home and work from home as much as possible". "Not only will you keep yourself and your loved ones safe, but also help avoid more preventable Covid admissions to our now struggling healthcare system". 1,700 people now in healthcare facility & 143 in ICU would swap with any of us.

"We have established a regional approach to ensure that any available theatre capacity across Northern Ireland is allocated for those patients most in need of surgery, both during surge and as we come out of this surge".

"But we have patients who are a lot younger and in their 50s. Thank You", the message read.

He said the more underlying illnesses a patient has the greater their risk of mortality. The tools to address this accelerated growth rate are in our hands and we know from experience how we can significantly suppress transmission of the virus.

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There were 1,700 COVID-19 patients in hospital on Tuesday, nearly double the 2020 peak, the Irish health service said.

"Six wards are now dedicated to Covid-19 patients", he added, paying tribute to his colleagues for their dedication.

Officials mentioned the quantity in medical center with the virus will peak at 2,200 to 2,500 people over the next two months, with an believed 200 to 400 folks in ICU.

There were 52 outbreaks in nursing homes last week, up from 30 the previous week.

Many nursing homes are hoping vaccines will come in time before another risky spread.

Today's update comes after the EU Commission confirmed that AstraZeneca has finally applied for EU approval of their COVID-19 vaccine.

The outbreak led to 52 of the 65 residents testing positive for the virus, with 33 of the 75 staff also contracting the disease.

More cases were recorded in Galway than in Dublin, despite it having a fraction of the capital's population.

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