COVID-19: 13 deaths and 2,944 new cases in Republic

Number of COVID-19 patients in Irish hospitals falls

Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, Tony Holohan, said on Monday that while a lot of progress had been made, it was not yet almost as much as is needed to drive down such a high rate of infection.

The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU rose at a slower pace to 199 on Tuesday from 196 a day earlier.

753 are in people based in Dublin; 236 are people based in Cork; 142 are people based in Wexford; 126 are people based in Kildare; 109 are people based in Limerick; and the remaining 755 cases are spread across all other counties.

The latest figures bring the total amount of cases here to 172,726, while the number of coronavirus-related deaths stands at 2,608.

New guidance issued recently requires hospitals to have a standby list of 120 healthcare workers for any leftover doses.

It takes the death toll in Ireland to 2,616 and the total number of confirmed cases to 174,843. 68 hospitalisations occurred in the past 24 hours.

Hospitals are under intense pressure, with 200 seriously ill patients in intensive care relying heavily on adapted surge beds to look after the sickest with the virus. "Please continue to stay at home and drive down this infection in our community".

Asked about the potential reopening of schools for special needs pupils, deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said there are no zero-risk environments when it comes to Covid-19 and that it was a matter of balancing risks and benefits. Providing support and reassurance to older and more vulnerable members of society is an important part of our collective response to this pandemic.

The death toll from Covid-19 this month is nearly twice the figure for the entire month of December - but there are now signs the virus surge may be gradually slowing down.

Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) chief executive Dr Lorraine Nolan said the Authority had received the reports up to January 11th and all were generally consistent with those typically observed with other vaccines.

Among those most frequently reported were abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue, joint pain and pains in the arms, some experience of dizziness, headache, itching and a rash.

"While the relatively mild effects described are uncomfortable for those who experience them, they do pass quickly and generally do not require medical treatment".

Dr. Vida Hamilton, National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead, Acute Hospitals, HSE, said, "We are now one week operating in critical surge capacity, the first time we have had to rely on this during the pandemic".

The main restrictions for those in the North are: No one may leave their home without reasonable excuse, households are not allowed to mix indoors in private homes, households are not allowed to mix in private gardens, people should not travel more than 10 miles from your home for exercise and anyone who can work from home must work from home.



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