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Coronavirus: 17 further deaths and 557 new cases reported

There have been 17 further deaths related to COVID-19 and 557 new cases confirmed this evening by...
Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

17.34 17 Mar 2021


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Coronavirus: 17 further deaths...

Coronavirus: 17 further deaths and 557 new cases reported

Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

17.34 17 Mar 2021


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There have been 17 further deaths related to COVID-19 and 557 new cases confirmed this evening by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

Nine deaths occurred in March, four took place in February, and four occurred in January or earlier.

The median age of those who died was 81 and the age range was 51 to 94 years.

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The latest figures bring the total amount of cases here to 228,215, while the number of coronavirus-related deaths stands at 4,566.

Of the latest cases, 74% are under 45 years of age, while the median age is 29 years old.

Regarding the nationwide distribution of cases, 229 are in Dublin, 58 in Kildare, 34 in Donegal, 31 in Meath, 24 in Tipperary and the remaining 181 cases are spread across all other counties.

covid-19 Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in the last 14 days (as of midnight 16 March 2021)

As of 8am today, 350 people are now receiving treatment in hospital for the virus after 19 new admissions in the past 24 hours.

Of those patients, 83 are in ICU, down from 88 yesterday.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 148.

Meanwhile, as of Sunday, 617,050 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland.

452,554 people have received their first dose, while a second dose has been administered to 164,496 people.

'Unstable place'

It comes as infectious diseases expert Professor Sam McConkey warned that Ireland is in an "unstable" place with COVID-19.

"We know when we opened up at the beginning of December, when we did a lot of socialising and we did some inter-generational gatherings, that was when numbers skyrocketed after just about three weeks of socialising," he told Newstalk Breakfast.

"So this is an unstable place, where we're at now is not a stable place to open up and do things."

Professor McConkey added that what will help move Ireland into a better place with coronavirus will be getting the majority of the population vaccinated and investing in public health here, such as identifying and managing outbreaks in the community.

Main image: Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health. Photo: Sasko Lazarov / RollingNews.ie

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