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Covid-19 Update: Thur. 28th Jan. 2021 – 47 Deaths – 1,466 New Cases

Only YOU can stop the current chain of transmission.

This evening the Department of Health have confirmed that, sadly, there have been 47 further deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 3,167. (Note: 878 deaths so far in just January 2021)

On a day that the Taoiseach, Mr Micheál Martin again asks selfish, egoistic and shameless members of the Irish population to immediately halt travelling abroad on holidays; (397 out of 800 passengers arrived back from holidays in Ireland yesterday), we learn that there have been 1,466 new additional virus cases reported in the republic today. This leaves the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception, here in the Irish Republic, at 193,645.

With transmission in the Tipperary community remaining very high, there have been 793 killer Covid-19 cases confirmed in Tipperary in the past 14 days, to yesterday, (January 27th). There have also been 31 further cases in the 24 hour period, to midnight yesterday, (January 27th).

As of mid-day today, the number of people with confirmed Covid-19 virus at University Hospital Limerick, (latter serving North Tipperary) was 108, while at South Tipperary General Hospital, based in Clonmel, there were 36 people receiving treatment for the virus.

Of today’s cases nationally; 472 are in Dublin, 106 in Galway, 103 in Cork, 77 in Waterford, 70 in Limerick; with the remaining 638 cases located across all other counties.

There are over 1,620 people with Covid-19 in hospital, and of that number, 216 people are in ICU’s, according to Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub.

HSE Chief Mr Paul Reid has confirmed that close contacts for COVID-19 will be tested once again beginning tomorrow, Friday, January 29th.

NPHET has informed the Government that it will become increasingly difficult to maintain the level of suppression of Covid-19 that has been achieved since the New Year. Dr Tony Holohan advised the Minister for Health that NPHET expects a large number of additional deaths, brought about by the virus in the coming weeks.

In Northern Ireland, there have sadly been a further 13 deaths of people with Covid-19, taking their official death toll there to 1,792. They have also confirmed 592 new virus cases.

Meanwhile, tomorrow, the European Commission are expected to launch new rules monitoring exports of Covid-19 vaccines outside the EU. as the controversy over the AstraZeneca vaccine shortfall continues.
The EU remains currently locked in a dispute with AstraZeneca after the company informed the Commission last Friday that it could only deliver one quarter of the vaccine doses funded by member states.
The EU has further accused the company of breaching an advanced purchase agreement that should have meant 80 million doses going to the EU in the coming weeks. Officials have stated that the shortfall should be made up with supplies from two of AstraZeneca’s UK facilities, which were due to supply the contractual amounts.

In contrast, the AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, it is claimed, should only be given to people aged between 18 and 64, Germany’s vaccine committee STIKO has stated in a draft update recommendation.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed on Twitter that 161,500 vaccine doses (3% of population) have only been administered so far here in our Republic.

Total global cases up to 5.30pm this evening, are now standing at well over 100.9 million confirmed cases, with global deaths at almost 2.18 million.

Please Stay Safe – Stay at Home.

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