24 Sept 2022

COVID-19 LATEST: Six new deaths and 431 cases nationally with less than five new cases in Longford

Dr Tony Holohan warns indicators are the disease is moving in the wrong direction

COVID-19 LATEST: Six new deaths and 431 cases nationally with less than five new cases in Longford

COVID-19 LATEST: Six new deaths and 431 cases nationally with less than five new cases in Longford

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of six additional deaths related to Covid-19. There has been a total of 2,140 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Tuesday, December 15, the HPSC has been notified of 431 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 77,197 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. 

The 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 in Longford is the sixth highest in the country.  The rate in the county is 137 per 100,000 population. The national 14-day incidence rate is 87.9.

NPHET is reporting that there have been 56 new cases of Covid-19 in Longford in the past two weeks.

The total number of officially recorded number of Covid-19 cases in the county is 710 (710 as of Monday, December 14 with the less than five cases - pending verification) announced this evening yet to be added).

Of the cases notified today;

185 are men / 244 are women
67% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 35 years old
134 in Dublin, 53 in Donegal, 25 in Cavan, 24 in Louth, 22 in Mayo, and the remaining 173 cases are spread across all other remaining counties.

As of 2pm today 207 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU. 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We are seeing significant and concerning indicators that this disease in moving in the wrong direction, including an increase in positivity rates, and 7 day and 14 day incidence, and our 5 day average has now increased to 339 cases. Recent international experience has demonstrated just how quickly this disease can get out of control.”

“These trends are all the more troubling because of the delicate and precarious situation we are in - as a country, we are heading into a period of potential widespread inter-household and inter-generational mixing. This is an ideal opportunity for the virus to spread and impact on those most vulnerable to its severest effects. Don’t give COVID-19 this chance: limit your contacts, prioritise who you meet, and let’s remain vigilant so we can get through this together. NPHET will meet tomorrow to review the epidemiological situation.”

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