Ireland Surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 Cases

Ireland has surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 cases as the National Public Health Emergency Team reported 4,962 new cases on Jan. 3, nearly double the highest number of cases previously recorded in the last 24 hours.

Ireland has surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 cases as the National Public Health Emergency Team reported 4,962 new cases on Jan. 3, nearly double the highest number of cases previously recorded in the last 24 hours.

According to a statement from Ireland’s Department of Health, the total number of COVID-19 cases nationwide has reached 101,887 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The statement also said that 685 COVID-19 patients are in the hospital, of whom 62 are in the intensive care unit (ICU), noting that there have been 92 additional hospitalizations in the last 24 hours.

The Health Protection Surveillance also reported seven additional COVID-19 deaths, brining the total number of deaths to 2,259.

“This is a critical time. We are seeing a really significant surge in infection, which is leading to a very rapid increase in both hospitalizations and admissions to critical care units,” Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan of the Department of Health said in the statement.

“The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 has more than doubled from this day last week, and so has the number of people in ICU,” Holohan further said, urging people to stay and work from home.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Michael Martin stated in a tweet, “With COVID case numbers rising rapidly, it’s more important than ever that each and every one of us does what is being asked of us. Stay home and strictly limit social contacts.”

The surge comes as Ireland is under its third “full-scale level five” lockdown until Jan. 31.


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