Forty new cases of Covid-19 have been notified in Laois on a day which marked the highest death toll from Covid-19 since the virus hit Ireland last March.
This brings to a total of 774 the number of cases in the county over the past 14-days. The incidence rate over this period now stands at 913.8.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 46 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Two of these deaths occurred in December 2020, and the remaining 44 occurred in January 2021.
There has been a total of 2,397 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight, Monday 11th January, the HPSC has been notified of 3,086 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 155,591 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today:
1,425 are men / 1,642 are women
54% are under 45 years of age
The median age is 42 years old
604 cases are in Galway, 574 in Dublin, 466 in Mayo, 187 in Cork, 138 in Limerick and the remaining 1,117 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm today, 1,692 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 158 are in ICU. 128 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said, "Unfortunately this evening we are seeing the effect of the recent surge of infections reflected in the increased mortality we are reporting. Unfortunately, due to the unsustainably high level of COVID-19 infection we have experienced as a country over the past few weeks, sadly these figures are likely to continue for the next period of time.
"What we can do today, out of respect of those who have lost their lives and those currently in hospital or ICU - and those caring for them - is to hold firm and stay home.”
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said, "At least one in three patients admitted to hospital or critical care in January have been under the age of 65 years. This clearly demonstrates that COVID-19 affects us all, regardless of age or underlying condition.
"It highlights the need for us all to protect one another by staying at home. Not only will you keep yourself and your loved ones safe, but also help avoid more preventable COVID-19 admissions to our currently struggling healthcare system.”