Sun, 28 Feb 2021

DUBLIN, Ireland - Whilst Covid-19 related deaths have been trending higher in recent weeks, it was a surprise to a see a sudden spike.

Overnight the Health Protection Surveillance Centre reported 61 additional deaths in the previous 24-hour period.

The new national total of Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland is 2,768.

Of the latest deaths, the patients ranged from 41 to one hundred years old. The average was 83.

As of midnight, Tuesday the HPSC has registered another 2,488 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, taking the tally to 179,324. Fifty-one of the new cases are under 45 years of age. Fifty-six percent are women.

As of 2:00pm Wednesday, 1,923 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised, of which 210 were in ICU. Eighty-five additional hospitalisations had occurred in the previous 24 hours.

"The number of cases and deaths that we are reporting today and the persisting high incidence rate of COVID-19 across the country shows that we cannot underestimate the highly infectious nature of this disease and the impact that it can have on families and communities," Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said Wednesday night.

"The virus spreads through close contacts, through the congregation of people. We need everyone to stay at home as much as possible, and to work from home, where possible. You should not meet up with friends or loved ones, unless you are caring for them. If you go out for exercise, you need to stay within 5km from your home, wear a face-covering where appropriate and wash your hands when you return home to protect yourself from infection."

"If you are COVID positive you should self-isolate and stay at home, in your room, avoiding contact with other people. This is to protect the other people that you live with," Holohan said.

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