Ireland's Covid-19 rate is now the highest in the world

Henrietta Brewer
January 13, 2021

Dr Cillian De Gascun, Medical Virologist and Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory said: "Further testing of COVID-19 samples indicates that the United Kingdom variant continues to account for an increasing number of cases- more than 40% of the positive cases tested in the last 7 days can be traced back to this variant".

All but two of the Covid-19 related deaths occurred in January with the others happening in December, highlighting the deadly impact the virus is having once again, predominantly in older age groups.

"At the moment one in four of the people in our hospitals have Covid-19".

"Unfortunately, thanks to the unsustainably superior level of Covid-19 infection we have skilled as a place above the earlier handful of weeks, regrettably these figures are possible to continue for the following period of time".

604 of toady's cases are in Galway, with 574 in Dublin, 466 in Mayo, 187 in Cork, 138 in Limerick and the remaining 1,117 cases are spread across all other counties.

There were 1,700 Covid-19 patients in hospital on Tuesday evening, including 170 in intensive care, more than the peak set last spring of 155.

"We now have nearly the highest rate of Covid-19 on the planet, which is very worrying, and our rate has gone up much faster than other European countries".

"The best way forward now is for all of us to stay at home. Not only will you keep yourself and your loved ones safe, but also help avoid more preventable COVID-19 admissions to our now struggling healthcare system", Dr Glynn added. As of this morning, we have 146 people sadly in ICU.

He said the more underlying illnesses a patient has the greater their risk of mortality.

As of midnight, Sunday 10th January, the HPSC has been notified of 4,929 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

"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".

The wellness method is coming less than powerful strain soon after Ireland's rate of Covid-19 skyrocketed in latest months, resulting in an inflow of sufferers at hospitals.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) received a request from AstraZeneca for the approval of its vaccine.

"The Covid-19 vaccines provide the long-term hope and the current lockdown offers the opportunity to shorten the duration of the current surge", they added.

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