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Covid-19 Update: Tue. 29th Dec. 2020 – 9 Deaths – 1,546 New Cases

Highest number of new virus infections confirmed in a single day, in the Irish republic since the pandemic began.

The Department of Health have confirmed this evening that there have sadly been 9 further death caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 2,213.

There are 1,546 new additional virus cases reported today, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic, at 88,439.

Of today’s cases; 444 are in Dublin, 203 in Cork, 111 in Louth, 87 in Limerick, 85 in Donegal, with the remaining 616 cases located across all other counties.

Further data relevant up to midnight on Sunday, December 27th last confirms that Tipperary has had 1,798 cases of the virus to date; an increase of 7 over the previous 24 hours.

Minister for Health Mr Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that the Cabinet will meet tomorrow to consider further restrictions, in light of the rising number of Covid-19 cases and increased hospitalisations. Just one week ago, there were 234 patients in hospital, but now there are 411; a 75% increase, with 34 in intensive care.

Some 66% of cases today are under 45 years of age.

Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, sadly, a further 14 deaths have been reported by their Department of Health. A further 1,566 new cases have been confirmed positive.

The distribution of an initial 200 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, latter developed by Pfizer / BioNTech is expected to be completed for all of the European Union, by September 2021, at the latest.

Total global cases up to 5.30pm this evening, now stand at over 81.5 million, with global deaths at over 1.77 million.

The World Health Organization has warned that worse pandemics could likely be ahead, and is urging the world to get serious about preparedness.

Remember: “Only YOU can stop the chain of transmission.”

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