Kovid -19 figures increased – 764 new cases – Leading Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan, to ask citizens if they need to “sacrifice” to stay away from elderly loved ones to save lives this Christmas.
More of our people died in connection with Kovid-19, bringing the death toll to 2,158.
The number of cases has risen in recent days, including four new deaths today. Holohan posed a moral question to the nation.
“If you’ve been socializing for the past few weeks or this weekend, consider your Christmas plans carefully,” he said.
“If your contacts have not been reduced, is it your responsibility to meet with your family over the age of 65 this weekend?
“Cancel your plans? We have real hope on the horizon of Kovid-19 vaccines.
“Make sure you are alive to receive your loved ones, and stay away from them if your movements are not limited at this point.
“Apparently, staying away from an elderly family this Christmas will save them – and it will be an extraordinary sacrifice for the common good.”
Dr. Holohan added: “All indicators of disease severity are moving in the wrong direction, faster than we expected.
We have particularly strong concerns about interconnectedness throughout the festive season.
He explained that by December 11, the seven-day incidence rate for people between the ages of 19 and 44 was 106 per 100,000 population.
By Saturday, the rate had doubled to 217 per lakh.
“If these young people are in contact with their loved ones over the age of 65, we can see an increase in infections in this more vulnerable group,” he said. Holohan said.
“It can lead to serious illness, hospitalization, ICU admission and unwanted deaths.”
284 in Dublin, 70 in Limerick, 52 in Donegal, 44 in Cork, 37 in Wexford and the remaining 277 cases spread to another 20 countries.
The average age was 34, 67 percent under 45, 403 males and 355 females.
As of 2 a.m. Sunday, 233 Kovid-19 patients had been hospitalized. Of these, 29 are in the intensive care unit. In the last 24 hours, 15 more hospitals were run.
There have been 2,158 Kovid-19 related deaths in Ireland. 79,542 Kovid-19 cases were confirmed in Ireland.
The 14-day incidence rate per lakh population is 112.2 in Ireland.
The 14-day high is 263.8. Donegal is in second place. The rate recorded was 235.1.
Kilkenny has the third highest rate of 197.5 events in 14 days, followed by Dublin at 104.8.
The lowest incidence rate in the country is 25.0.