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Number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals continue to decline; no further deaths, 381 new cases confirmed yesterday

DUBLIN: There were 2,020 COVID-19 patients being treated in hospitals on January 18, this year, when the pandemic was at its peak in the country. The highest ICU admission to date was 221 on January 24th.

Recent figures from the Department of Health show that the number of hospital admissions is declining. As of yesterday morning, 124 COVID-19 patients were in the hospitals. Of these, 31 are being treated in the ICU – the lowest number in ICU recorded this year.

Meanwhile, the health officials has confirmed 381 new cases of COVID-19 in Ireland yesterday. The total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak of the virus in Ireland now stands at 253,189.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has said that no further deaths were recorded in the country. Which means the death toll from COVID-19 remains at 4,921.

Of the cases confirmed yesterday, 192 were men and 188 were women. 77% were under 45 years of age, and the average age of those tested positive was 31 years.

188 of the new cases are in Dublin, 39 in Donegal, 30 in Kildare, 13 in Limerick, 13 in Cork, 13 in Tipperary, 13 in Westmeath and the remaining 72 cases are spread across 15 other counties.

The national 14-day incidence of the disease now stands at 129 cases per 100,000 people. The highest incidence rate is in Donegal at 260.7 cases per 100,000 people, followed by Kildare. Kerry has the lowest 14-day incidence rate (13.7).

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