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COVID Deaths and Cases

From 28 February 2020 to 12 February 2021

CSO statistical release, , 11am

COVID-19 Insight Bulletins: Deaths and Cases, Series 24

Information on the people who have died due to COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with the virus.

Key Findings:

  • Some 191 people with confirmed COVID-19 died in the week ending 12 February
  • In the week ending 12 February 2021, 91% of deaths were among people aged 65 years and over
  • The number of cases for the week ending 12 February was 4,686, a decrease of 1,746 cases from the previous week
  • In the week ending 12 February, Dublin accounted for 1,792 cases or 38% of all new cases
  • There were 261 health care workers diagnosed in the week ending 12 February, this is the lowest weekly figure since the week ending 11 December
  • Hospitalisations have been decreasing since the week ending 15 January and were 348 in the week ending 12 February from a peak of 1,348
  • ICU admissions have been decreasing since the week ending 08 January and were 12 in the week ending 12 February down from a peak of 126
  • The average number of contacts per positive case per week was two in the week ending 12 February, down from three contacts in early January
  • In the last four weeks, there have been 2,120 cases linked to an outbreak in nursing homes, 506 linked to residential institutions and 1,373 linked to hospital or a community hospital/long-stay unit
  • There were 1,260 cases (17%) linked to an outbreak in the workplace in the last four weeks

This is the twenty-fourth publication in our series of information bulletins produced by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), that aim to provide insights into those who have either died from or contracted COVID-19, by using data from the Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting (CIDR) provided to the CSO by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre and data from the HSE’s Swiftcare (A2i) and COVID Care Tracker (CCT) systems. This Bulletin covers the period from 28 February 2020 to 12 February 2021.

Deaths

For the week ending 12 February, 191 deaths were recorded among confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Throughout the pandemic, most deaths have occurred in the older age groups. In the week ending 12 February 2021, 91% of deaths were in people aged 65 years and over.

There were 51 deaths in Dublin in the week ending 12 February. Cork (31) was the only other county to record more than 20 deaths in the week.

0-64 years65-79 years80 years and over
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11/129.0909090909090912.121212121212178.7878787878788
18/1218.7534.37546.875
25/1218.604651162790734.883720930232646.5116279069767
01/016.8965517241379336.206896551724156.8965517241379
08/018.4745762711864428.813559322033962.7118644067797
15/016.7137809187279232.155477031802161.13074204947
22/016.1994609164420527.493261455525666.3072776280324
29/016.5753424657534230.95890410958962.4657534246575
05/025.4838709677419431.290322580645263.2258064516129
12/029.4240837696335124.083769633507966.4921465968586

Confirmed Cases

For the week ending 12 February, the number of weekly cases was 4,686, a decrease of 27% from the previous week.

Dublin accounted for more than a third (1,792) of all new cases for the week ending 12 February and it was the sixth week in a row that weekly cases in Dublin have fallen. Galway was the county with the second highest number of new cases (404) for the week ending 12 February.

This is the fifth week in a row that Leitrim has recorded less than 50 new cases. This is the third week in a row that Roscommon has recorded less than 50 new cases and the second such week for Longford.

Those aged 25-44 made up 31% of confirmed cases in the week ending 12 February with those aged 65 and over making up 11%.

There were 261 health care workers diagnosed in the week ending 12 February, this is the lowest weekly figure since the week ending 11 December. Figure 2 shows how the percentage of cases accounted for by health care workers has fallen from 21% of all confirmed cases in the week ending 22 January to 5.6% in the week ending 12 February.

Week EndingWeekly Cases% Health care workers
04/12234813.6
11/12218511.2
18/1245279.8
25/12129715.4
01/01360206.8
08/012994510.2
15/011881516.0
22/011096021.0
29/01800618.4
05/0264329.6
12/0246865.6

Hospitalisations

Hospitalisations have been decreasing since the peak of 1,348 in the week ending 15 January and were 348 in the week ending 12 February. ICU admissions have also decreased from the peak of 126 in the week ending 08 January to 12 in the week ending 12 February. (Note: These figures may need to be adjusted if someone’s condition worsens as there is a time lag between onset of symptoms and hospitalisation.)

Contacts

The average number of contacts per positive case per week was two in the week ending 12 February, down from three contacts per case in early January. This implies details of more than 9,000 close contacts were recorded in the week.

0-14 years15-24 years25-44 years45-64 years80 years and overAll ages
04/122.673.563.632.942.773.12
11/122.684.163.623.222.963.44
18/122.764.94.484.072.014.08
25/122.535.224.174.22.044.6
01/011.933.423.342.931.973.02
08/012.223.733.552.972.183.24
15/011.72.592.642.451.622.41
22/011.712.52.562.531.442.38
29/011.662.542.712.551.612.45
05/021.472.772.812.581.862.49
12/021.652.572.562.511.682.36

Outbreaks

Public Health report outbreaks to HPSC and link cases to these outbreaks. This process is taking longer with the recent surge in case numbers. Public Health are prioritising the reporting of outbreaks in key settings e.g. RCFs, hospitals. Therefore, the number of private house outbreaks is underestimated.

From Table 7 it can be seen that in the last four weeks 7,259 cases have been linked to an outbreak and of these 2,120 (29%) were in nursing homes, 1,373 (19%) were in hospital or a community hospital/long-stay unit and 506 (7%) were in residential institutions. The over 80 age group made up 21% of all cases linked to an outbreak over this period.

There were 1,260 cases (17%) linked to an outbreak in the workplace in the last four weeks.

Referrals and Testing

There were 82,820 referrals for community testing where a valid reservation was recorded in the week ending 12 February. Referrals for testing decreased in the last week, in particular among the 45 – 64 age groups, which decreased from 28,955 to 25,243 in the week ending 12 February. Some 43% of referrals were from GPs in the week ending 12 February, this is a decrease from 79% in week ending 01 January. Analysis on referral speciality type shows that while residential settings/ institutions/ schools’ referrals for testing have remained consistent for the last number of weeks, healthcare / essential worker testing has dropped by 7,425 while contact testing / at risk groups has increased in the week ending 12 February.

Weekly testing numbers from HSE labs and hospitals show there were 117,123 tests completed in the week ending 12 February. The positivity rate in the week ending 12 February was 5.6%, down from 6.1% the previous week.

0 - 14 years15 - 24 years25 - 44 years45-64 years65-79 years80 years and over
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11/1291929599236071797627151340
18/121222011448318832435739961920
25/121433114389364612435153752833
01/011621623762502643750494095447
08/01963323007586964315794776767
15/01711316645539984303784637361
22/01614613245488514161277746388
29/01469610732391273194960955655
05/02514210358349372895554174375
12/02566111222325092524347093476
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Underlying Conditions

Due to the recent surge in cases there are a large volume of deaths and cases where underlying cases are unknown in recent weeks, therefore the current numbers of cases with underlying conditions are likely to be underestimated. This data is being reviewed by HPSC and for this reason, information on underlying conditions has not been included in this bulletin.

For further COVID-19 related information go to the CSO COVID-19 Information Hub

Show Table: Table 1 Profile of COVID-19 Deaths and Cases up to and including Friday February 12 2021

Show Table: Table 2 & 2A Weekly Profile of COVID-19 Confirmed Deaths

Show Table: Table 3 & 3A Weekly Profile of COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

Show Table: Table 4 & 4A Weekly Electoral Division (ED) Analysis of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Show Table: Table 5 Average Contacts per Positive COVID-19 case by Age Group

Show Table: Table 6 & 6A Weekly Profile of New COVID-19 Cases who are Subsequently Hospitalised

Show Table: Table 7 & 7A Weekly Profile of Confirmed Cases linked to COVID-19 Outbreaks

Show Table: Table 9: Weekly Referrals for Community COVID-19 Tests, Tests Completed and Positivity Rate

Full statistical tables can be downloaded here:

Table 2: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 24 - Table 2-2A (XLS 33KB)

Table 3: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 24 - Table 3-3A (XLS 43KB)

Table 4: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 24 - Table 4-4A (XLS 44KB)

Table 6: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 24 - Table 6-6A (XLS 25KB)

Table 7: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 24 - Table 7-7A (XLS 56KB)

Table 9: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 24 - Table 9. (XLS 19KB)

 

Further Information

Contact
E-mail: Steven.Conroy@cso.ie