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COVID Deaths and Cases

From 28 February 2020 to 03 September 2021

CSO statistical release, , 11am

COVID-19 Insight Bulletins: Deaths and Cases, Series 31

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

Key Findings:

  • There were 21 COVID-19 related deaths in the week ending 03 September 2021
  • For the week ending 03 September, the number of weekly cases was 9,835, a decrease of 18% from the previous week
  • Those under the age of 44 accounted for 74% of cases in the week ending 03 September 2021
  • Dublin accounted for more than a quarter (2,756) of all new cases and Cork was the county with the second highest number of new cases (876) for the week ending 03 September
  • Kilkenny, Leitrim, Longford, Sligo and Waterford had the fewest cases, less than 150 cases in each county, in the same week
  • Hospitalisations have decreased by 35% in the last week and were 140 in the week ending 03 September from a peak of 1,471 in week ending 15 January
  • There were 16 ICU admissions in the week ending 03 September, down from a peak of 123 in week ending 15 January
  • The average hospitalisation rate in May, June, July and August was less than 20 people per 1,000 confirmed cases, down from 72 per 1,000 in February
  • The average ICU admission rate in June, July and August was less than three people per 1,000 confirmed cases, down from seven per 1,000 in February
  • The Human Health & Social Work Activities sector now accounts for 15% of cases, up from 7% in the week ending 24 July
Week Ending Number in hospital at week endTotal confirmed COVID-19 cases
01/0150836439
08/01115330499
15/01184619547
22/01196911894
29/0115528225
05/0212586611
12/029595625
19/027545131
26/025744195
05/034263335
12/033443612
19/033363769
26/033173919
02/042643437
09/042122749
16/041902583
23/041663163
30/041393138
07/051272761
14/051112463
21/051072942
28/05992759
04/06862764
11/06602152
18/06532078
25/06382219
02/07462950
09/07503531
16/07796219
23/071068428
30/071698961
06/0818910190
13/0822112167
20/0825112281
27/0832611979
03/093539835
Table A: Weekly Profile of COVID-19 1,2,3,4
  
 11/0618/0625/0602/0709/0716/0723/0730/0706/0813/0820/0827/0803/09*
Total Cases2,1522,0782,2192,9503,5316,2198,4288,96110,19012,16712,28111,9799,835
              
% over 653%2%2%3%3%3%3%3%4%5%6%7%9%
              
Number in hospital at week end605338465079106169189221251326360
              
Number in ICU at week end23151314152322233043525955
              
Total confirmed COVID-19 deaths..6....0..56810102121
              
* latest week is preliminary
1 Table includes data as of 8th September 2021 for events created on CIDR (Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting) up to midnight Friday 3rd September 2021 and https://covid-19.geohive.ie/ and is subject to revision
2 Cases data are defined by epidemiological date which is the earliest of onset date, date of diagnosis, laboratory specimen collection date, laboratory received date, laboratory reported date and event creation/notification date. Deaths data are defined by date of death
3 Hospitalisation numbers include those admitted to hospital due to COVID-19 and those who contracted COVID-19 while in hospital
4 Deaths include those who died of COVID-19 and those who died with COVID-19

 

This is the thirty-first 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. This Bulletin covers the period from 28 February 2020 to 03 September 2021.

Deaths

For the week ending 03 September, 21 deaths were recorded among confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Throughout the pandemic, most deaths have occurred in the older age groups. In the week ending 03 September 2021, 76% of deaths were in people aged 65 years and over.

Dublin recorded six deaths in the week ending 03 September 2021.

From Table B we can see the overall mortality rate is 14 per 1,000 confirmed cases. This was highest in April 2020 at 74 per 1,000 confirmed cases. The mortality rate was one per 1,000 in August 2021, down from 24 in January 2021. (Note: These figures may need to be revised as there is a time lag between onset of symptoms and death.)

Confirmed Cases

For the week ending 03 September, the number of weekly cases was 9,835, a decrease of 18% from the previous week.

Those aged 25-44 made up 28% of confirmed cases in the week ending 03 September with those aged 65 and over making up 9%.

Dublin accounted for more than a quarter (2,756) of all new cases for the week ending 03 September.

Cork was the county with the second highest number of new cases (876) for the week ending 03 September.

Kilkenny, Leitrim, Longford, Sligo and Waterford had the fewest cases, less than 150 cases each, in the same week.

0-14 years15-24 years25-44 years45-64 years65-79 years80 years and over
02/072131341220
09/071736331121
16/07943331131
23/071343301121
30/071538331121
06/081536321331
13/081734291541
20/082127291742
27/082323291852
03/092521281762

Hospitalisations

Table 6 shows weekly hospitalisations and admission to Intensive Care Units (ICU), these are dated using the epidemiological date of infection and so can be compared with confirmed cases. The peak week for admissions to hospitals was the week ending 15 January 2021 when 1,471 of the 19,547 cases were admitted to hospital, a further 123 of these were admitted to ICU. In comparison, of the 9,835 confirmed cases in the week ending 03 September, 140 have been admitted to hospital and 16 people to ICU.

Throughout the whole period of the pandemic from March 2020 to the week ending 03 September 2021, the over 65 age category accounted for 52% of all persons hospitalised.

Since the start of the pandemic, 53% of those hospitalised were male and males accounted for 64% of those admitted to ICU.

From Table B, the average hospitalisation rate in May, June, July and August was less than 20 people per 1,000 confirmed cases, down from 72 per 1,000 in February. The average ICU admission rate in June, July and August was less than three people per 1,000 confirmed cases, down from seven per 1,000 in 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. Also, please note that August rates are provisional).

Mortality RateIntensive Care Unit (ICU) RateHospitalisation Rate
Mar4727161
Apr7411111
May4210108
Jun358105
Jul20639
Aug5428
Sep6537
Oct8436
Nov18676
Dec9433
Jan24558
Feb15772
Mar7554
Apr4539
May1316
Jun1212
Jul1211
Aug1115
Table B: COVID-19 Mortality, Hospitalisation and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission rates (per 1,000 confirmed cases) by Month
 All cases
 20202021 
 MarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAug*All months
                    
Mortality Rate47744235..568189241574111114
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Rate271110....45464575532215
Hospitalisation Rate161111108105392837367633587254391612111545
                   
Hospitalisation Rate by age                   
0-24 years633823..4091181291317141344359
25-44 years69423774161415173114213631301511101221
45-64 years1489494125643549397134477869583419211950
65-79 years407282360343..118162157327129211292255209851068675199
80 years and over439172275147..309218288435281294376479468351300291163283
* latest month is provisional
1 Table includes data as of 7th September 2021 for events created on CIDR (Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting) and is subject to revision
2 Cases defined by epidemiological date which is the earliest of onset date, date of diagnosis, laboratory specimen collection date, laboratory received date, laboratory reported date and event creation/notification date

 

Sector of Employment

In Table 10, the CSO has used Revenue PAYE Modernisation system data to provide insight on employment status of COVID-19 cases. Using pseudonymised identifiers more than 80% of confirmed cases in the CIDR database could be linked to administrative data sources, and of these, approximately 50% had a record of employment. As well as the strict legal protections set out in the Statistics Act, 1993, and other existing regulations, we are committed to protecting individual privacy and all identifiable information from each of the data sources used in our analysis, such as name, date of birth and addresses, are removed before use and only anonymised statistical aggregates are produced.

By matching the month, the COVID-19 case is reported to a record of employment in that month (or most recently available record of employment, currently July 2021 for cases reported in August and September); a further adjustment has been made to account for those coming off the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) scheme. The results attempt to reflect the industry of an employee when they became a positive case in the CIDR system. However, this does not indicate that the case is linked to an outbreak in the workplace.

In Table 10, it can be seen that 16% of reported cases with a record of employment in the week ending 28 August were employed in the Wholesale & Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles & Motorcycles sector. The Human Health & Social Work Activities sector now accounts for 15% of cases, up from 7% in the week ending 24 July. 

In Figure 4, Accommodation and food service activities was the sector that experienced the largest percentage increase in cases from the week ending 29 May. In the week ending 03 July, there was a large shift in the scale of weekly cases and this trend continued into the middle of August. The peak for all sectors was the week ending 14 August, where all sectors saw the most significant rise in cases as cases in the community peaked. After this week, the general trend across sectors is downward, except for human health and social work activities.

SectorIndustry (B-E)Construction (F)Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (G)Accommodation and food service activities (I)Human health and social work activities (Q)Other NACE activities
29/05000000
05/062.591.614.29505.680.44
12/06-30.17-1.61-15.2448.21-14.77-22.52
19/06-7.76-3.23-22.3860.71-34.09-21.19
26/06-16.38-17.74-13.8178.571.14-4.86
03/0713.7930.6514.76166.072.2741.06
10/0729.3180.6549.52276.7934.0961.81
17/07145.69300240739.29205.68224.72
24/07241.38437.1276.671166.07239.77269.09
31/07278.45443.55273.331046.43296.59268.87
07/08359.48606.45324.291016.07467.05325.61
13/08468.97669.35355.711155.36618.18329.14
21/08476.72508.06280.95853.57673.86318.1
28/08373.28500251.9676.79703.41288.52
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Impact of the cyber-attack on the HSE IT systems on CSO COVID-19 Insights Bulletin

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) uses data from the Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting (CIDR) provided to the CSO by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) and data from the HSE’s Swiftcare (A2i) and COVID Care Tracker (CCT) systems to produce this information bulletin. These dataflows were disrupted by the cyber-attack on the HSE IT systems.

Reporting from the CIDR surveillance system has recommenced:

https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/surveillance/recommencementofreportingfromcidr/

However other dataflows remain unavailable, so this bulletin does not include all tables or information previously included.

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 03 September 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 6 & 6A Weekly Profile of New COVID-19 Cases who are Subsequently Hospitalised

Show Table: Table 10: COVID-19 cases with Employment Information

Full statistical tables can be downloaded here:

Table 2: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 31 - Table 2-2A (XLS 41KB)

Table 3: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 31 - Table 3-3A (XLS 50KB)

Table 6: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 31 - Table 6-6A (XLS 33KB)

Further Information

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