Friday, January 08, 2021

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan has confirmed a new variant of Covid from South Africa in Ireland.




County Roscommon has recorded one of its biggest jumps in daily Covid-19 case numbers since the pandemic began last March.

This evening’s daily health briefing reported that there were an additional 57 cases of the virus to be added to the county’s tally. The county’s 14-day incidence rate is the third lowest in the country at 601.1, just above Tipperary and Wicklow.

Roscommon has recorded 1,341 cases since the pandemic began following the addition of Thursday evening’s 31 cases.

Cases from neighbouring counties since yesterday’s briefing are as follows: Galway, 220; Mayo, 130; Sligo, 70; Leitrim, 43; Longford, 34; Westmeath, 113; Offaly, 72.

A total of 8,248 cases were confirmed this evening, with 20 additional deaths.

Of the cases notified today:

*3,834 are men and 4,375 are women

*61% are under 45 years of age

*the median age is 38 years old

*3,013 in Dublin, 1,374 in Cork, 538 in Limerick, 314 in Kildare, 310 in Donegal and the remaining 2,699 cases are spread across all other counties

As of 2 p.m. today, 1,180 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 109 are in ICU. There have been 116 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

“Three cases of a new variant of Covid-19 recently identified in South Africa have been confirmed in Ireland today by whole genome sequencing. All of the cases identified are directly associated with recent travel from South Africa.

“Anyone who has travelled from South Africa recently is advised to self-isolate for 14 days and identify themselves through a GP for testing as soon as possible.

“We are particularly advising healthcare workers travelling from South Africa, that it is essential that they self-isolate for 14 days before entering/re-entering the workplace.

“While this variant has not yet been identified in many European countries we believe the identification here reflects the extent of genome sequencing surveillance in Ireland,” said Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan.

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