The death toll for Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland has surpassed 4,000 as 57 additional deaths and 650 new cases were confirmed this evening. There have been 4,036 deaths in the country since the pandemic began.
In County Roscommon, less than five cases have been recorded over the past 24 hours, leaving the county with a 14-day incidence rate of 122.4 per 100,000 population. The national average has fallen to 261.7. In the last two weeks, the county has recorded 79 cases of the virus.
Case numbers for neighbouring counties were: Galway, 53; Mayo, 17; Sligo, less than five; Leitrim, 0; Westmeath, 10; Offaly, 23; Longford, 19.
Of the cases notified today:
*325 are male and 323 are female
*65% are under 45 years of age
*the median age is 37 years old
*192 are in Dublin, 53 in Galway, 50 in Meath, 46 in Kildare, 46 in Cork and the remaining 263 cases are spread across 19 other counties
As of 8 a.m. today, 831 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 154 are in ICU. There have been 49 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
As of Sunday, February 14th, there have been 271,942 doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered in Ireland:
*180,192 people have received their first dose.
*91,750 people have received their second dose.
“Although we have made great progress, the situation remains precarious. Almost 90 per cent of cases in Ireland are the B117 variant. The increased transmissibility of this variant is apparent in the current profile of the disease in households, with one in three household contacts of a confirmed case testing positive for Covid-19.
“This underlines the need for people to exercise caution in households and other settings. In particular, people should isolate immediately on experiencing any symptoms and contact their GP,” said Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health.