Covid-19 Update: Wed. 23rd Dec. 2020 – 13 Deaths – 938 New Cases.

Minister for Health Mr Stephen Donnelly has stated that the first Covid-19 vaccines will be administered from December 30th.

The Department of Health have confirmed this evening that there have sadly been 13 further deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 2,184.

There are 938 new additional virus cases reported today, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic, at 82,155.

There are 251 coronavirus patients in hospitals, with 25 cases being treated in intensive care units, across the Republic.

There have been in total 1694 killer Covid-19 cases here in Co. Tipperary to date and rising, according to data last updated today, Wed. December 23rd 2020. (Up 8 confirmed cases since yesterday).

Of today’s cases; 300 are in Dublin, 110 in Cork, 72 in Limerick, 68 in Donegal, 41 in Kildare, with the remaining 347 cases located across 21 other counties.

A further 21 coronavirus related deaths have sadly been recorded in Northern Ireland, taking their official Department of Health toll to 1,240. There were also 787 new cases taking their cumulative total of positive tests to 63,723.

HSE Chief Executive Officer Mr Paul Reid, speaking at today’s HSE Covid-19 briefing, has stated that the transmission levels of Covid-19 are very serious and dangerous, but that people’s reaction should not be one of fear or distress, rather one of following positive actions.

HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Colm Henry, when asked if he thought people would follow HSE advice, stated that he could not give any such assurance that everyone would. Around 30,000 people have travelled to Ireland from Britain since December 8th last.

An Taoiseach Mr Micheál Martin has stated that, “Most infectious disease experts are telling me it’s inconceivable that the variant is not here already, and we have to act as if it is here.” He further added that it was a huge ask and very, very difficult for self-isolating people to spend Christmas in their bedroom but that was the best public health advice available presently.

Total global cases up to 5.30pm this evening, now stand at well over 78.3 million with global deaths at over 1.72 million.

The National Public Health Emergency Team and the Government continues to request the public to reduce in-person contacts, to wash their hands regularly, to keep fresh air circulating in homes, to avoid crowds while shopping and to wear face coverings.

Please, please be mindful, this Christmas season, as this virus remains a constant danger, especially to vulnerable and older persons.

“Stop the chain of transmission now – limit your movements today and above all stay safe.”


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