There have been 23 further Covid-19 related deaths and 1,378 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.
All 23 of these deaths occurred in January.
The median age of those who died is 84 years and the age range is 61-99.
There has now been a total of 2,970 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Saturday, January 23rd, the he Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been notified of 1,378 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 187,554 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today:
- 643 are men/730 are women.
- 58 per cent are under 45 years of age.
- The median age is 39 years old.
- 379 cases are in Dublin, 145 in Cork, 86 in Wexford, 85 in Galway, 71 in Limerick, and the remaining 612 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm today, 1,931 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 218 are in ICU. 44 additional Covid-19 cases have been reported in Irish hospitals in the last 24 hours.
Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “While we are starting to make progress in reducing the level of the virus in the community, this is a critical time for all of us to hold firm to the public health advice. We must not let down our guard against this highly infectious disease and the risk it poses to ourselves and those most medically vulnerable to infection.
“There is a huge volume of disease in the country and the recent surge in cases continues to place an unprecedented strain on ICUs, hospitals and other frontline healthcare services. The answer lies in driving down social contacts and congregation in all settings, including in workplaces.”
Dr Holohan added: “Everyone who can, should work from home where possible. For those of us who cannot work from home, it is essential to follow the public health advice in the workplace, such as the wearing of face coverings when moving around communal areas. We urge all employers to facilitate home working as much as possible and to ensure strict adherence to public health measures in the workplace.”