687 new cases of Covid 19 reported, 31 in Donegal

687 new cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed in the Republic this evening, with one more death.

31 of the new cases were in Donegal, which now has a 14 day incidence rate of 191 per 100,000 people, compared to the national figure of 209.

There have now been 220,273 Covid 19 cases confirmed since the pandemic began, with 4,319 Covid related deaths.

It's also been confirmed this evening that as of 8am today, 540 COVID-19 patients were in hospital, hich 120 of them in ICU.

Meanwhile, as of Friday, 426,070 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Ireland, with
285,780 people receiving their first dose, and 140,290 people their second.

 

 

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19.

This death occurred in January.

There has been a total of 4,319* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Sunday 28th February, the HPSC has been notified of 687 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 220,273** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 352 are men / 334 are female
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 30 years old
  • 240 in Dublin, 49 in Limerick, 44 in Offaly, 40 in Galway, 36 in Louth and the remaining 278 cases are spread across 19 other counties***.

As of 8am today, 540 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 120 are in ICU. 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of February 26th, 426,070 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 285,780 people have received their first dose
  • 140,290 people have received their second dose

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health said; “While the number of daily cases and the number of people in hospital and critical care remain high, we continue to make progress. In the last 24 hours, we have had no new admissions to critical care, the first time this has happened since St. Stephen’s Day. This is one more tangible signal of the efforts that people continue to make and how those efforts are impacting positively on the trajectory of COVID-19 in Ireland. Please stick with this over the coming weeks.”

Professor Pete Lunn, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI said; “Data from the Public Opinion Tracking Survey Research (Amárach/Department of Health) and from the new Social Activity Measure (ESRI/Department of the Taoiseach), give insight into how people are coping with the prolonged period of restrictions. The evidence shows that while people are finding it tough going, the large majority (79%) believe that preventing the spread of Covid-19 is more important than the burden of restrictions. Just 10% disagree.

“This pattern helps to explain how measures of compliance have been rising in recent weeks and months, despite the frustrations that people feel,” said Professor Pete Lunn, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit at the ESRI, who analysed the data. “Just because we feel a particular way, does not mean that this feeling dictates our behaviour. Rather, the large majority of people in Ireland support the restrictions and are sticking to them, despite the frustrations.

“The data also show systematic misperceptions about socially activity. Presently, half the adult population does not meet up with anyone outside their household over a 48-hour period, with less than one quarter meeting up with three or more. Yet these more socially active people believe that they are meeting fewer people than average.

“There is a clear misperception. Most people believe that others are enjoying more of a social life than they are. Those who are in fact most socially active do not realise this. The finding is important, and we need to try to correct this misperception. When people appreciate effort being made by others, they typically become more likely to follow.”

ENDS//

 

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 4,319 deaths reflects this.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 confirmed cases. The figure of 220,273 confirmed cases reflects this.

 

***County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

 

Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 28 February 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

County Today's cases***

(to midnight 28Feb2021)

5-Day Moving Average of New Cases 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population

(to 28Feb2021)

New Cases during last 14 days

(to 28Feb2021)

Ireland 687 684 209.2 9,964
Offaly 44 27 433.6 338
Longford 0 11 352.3 144
Dublin 240 277 287.7 3,877
Limerick 49 42 280.7 547
Westmeath 24 22 273.7 243
Louth 36 26 270 348
Laois 12 13 265.7 225
Galway 40 39 257.7 665
Mayo 24 17 234.5 306
Monaghan 9 7 231.3 142
Meath 32 33 221.5 432
Waterford <5 8 211.7 246
Carlow 9 10 207.3 118
Kildare 16 22 204.9 456
Tipperary 26 20 200.6 320
Donegal 31 27 191 304
Cavan 10 6 156.2 119
Clare 6 9 142.2 169
Leitrim <5 3 140.4 45
Roscommon 14 6 110 71
Wicklow <5 7 97.6 139
Wexford 5 8 88.2 132
Sligo 5 4 82.4 54
Kilkenny <5 4 79.6 79
Cork 32 26 67.4 366
Kerry 8 9 53.5 79

~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers.

  • 7-day incidence 95.9
  • 5-day moving average 684