Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

17.46 23 Jan 2021


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There have been 1,910 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the Republic, according to the Department of Health.

77 further deaths associated with the virus have also been reported, with one of those occurring in December.

The latest figures bring the total amount of cases here to 186,184, while the number of coronavirus-related deaths stands at 2,947.

Of the latest cases, 57% are under 45 years of age, while the median age is 40 years old.

The median age of those who died is 84 years and the age range is 43 to 98 years.

Regarding the nationwide distribution of cases, 710 are in Dublin, 50 in Cork, 103 in Meath, 102 in Limerick, 86 in Louth, and the remaining 759 cases are spread across all other counties.

As of 2pm today, 1,892 people are now receiving treatment in hospital for the virus after 59 new admissions in the past 24 hours.

Of those patients, 217 are in ICU, down from 219 yesterday.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 955.5.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 22 January 2021)

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health said that "we are beginning to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection" thanks to the "solidarity shown by families and communities across the country in recent weeks".

He added: "Each individual effort to follow the public health advice is making an impact, but we can only continue this positive trend and drive down incidence in the community by continuing to stay at home and avoid meeting or mixing with others in our social circle, including for any close family gatherings, such as birthdays or funerals, as these can be ‘super-spreader’ events.

“We know it is possible to have COVID-19 without displaying symptoms, so we all need to behave as though we are infectious and minimise our close contacts with others.

"If you suspect that you might be ill, isolate away from others in your household, let your close contacts know and come forward for testing as soon as possible.”

'Conservative approach'

Earlier, the Taoiseach said there will be a "conservative approach" to the reopening of society out of level five coronavirus restrictions.

In an interview with Newstalk, Micheál Martin said the Government would be reviewing the public health measures every four weeks.

He said: "We are looking at a more cautious and conservative approach to reopening because we have a vaccination rollout happening in parallel, which basically means that protection is coming for greater numbers of the population month after month."

Meanwhile, 670 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours.

There have also been 12 additional deaths reported by the Department of Health there.

Main image: Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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