The Department of Health has been notified of eight deaths related to Covid-19.
The median age of those who died is 85, with the age range between 49-92.
2121 cases; 8 deaths
📈 5-day average: 3150
📉 7-day average: 3201
(Last week: 6370)
📆 14-day cases/100k: 1407
(Last week: 1379)
🏥 In hospital: 2023
In ICU: 200
💉 Vaccinated: 77303@VirginMediaNews
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) January 18, 2021
The Department has also been notified of 2,121 new cases of the virus.
992 of today's cases were identified in men while 1,117 are in women.
Most people -58% - are under 45 years of age.
The median age is 39 years old.
Most of today's cases were identified in Dublin, where there is 753 new cases.
Elsewhere, there are 236 new cases in Cork, 142 in Wexford, 126 in Kildare and 109 in Limerick.
The remaining 755 cases are spread across all other counties
Meanwhile, there have been 102 additional hospitalisations in the past twenty-four hours.
In total, there are 1,9750Covid-19 patients in hospitals - 200 of whom are in intensive care.
The 14 Day Incident Rate is estimated to be 1404.2 per 100,000 population.
Deputy CMO Encourages Public To Check-In On Elderly And Vulnerable
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn has encouraged the public to stay in contact with loved ones.
"Providing support and reassurance to older and vulnerable members of society is an important part of our collective response to this pandemic."
“Our survey data indicates that 60% are contacting older relatives and friends to ensure they are okay. Providing support and reassurance to older and more vulnerable members of society is an important part of our collective response to this pandemic."@ronan_glynn
— Department of Health (@roinnslainte) January 18, 2021
Dr Glynn says a recent survey shows that 60 per cent of people have checked-in with an older or vulnerable person to make sure they're' ok.
"Our sense of community and support for each other must remain a key part of our armour against Covid-19.
Meanwhile NPHET head Dr Tony Holohan raised concerns over the number of hospital admissions.
Significant concerns also raised about nursing homes pic.twitter.com/RbzHzaepOi
— Stephen Murphy (@Stephen_Murphy5) January 18, 2021
"There are now more sick people in hospital than any time in the course of this pandemic."
Dr Holohan says a greater level of community transmission has led to a higher number of hospitalisations and a higher mortality rate.
He appealed to the public to stay at home to drive down infection in the community.