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COVID Deaths and Cases

From 28 February 2020 to 15 October 2021

CSO statistical release, , 11am

COVID-19 Insight Bulletins: Deaths and Cases, Series 34

There were 10,675 cases of COVID-19 for the week ending 15 October, a rise of 13% from the previous week

Key Findings for the week ending 15 October 2021:

  • There were 23 COVID-19 related deaths of which 22 were among those aged 65 years and older
  • The number of weekly cases was 10,675, an increase of 13% from the previous week
  • Dublin (2,638) and Cork (1,090) had the highest number of new cases
  • Those aged 14 or younger accounted for 22% of cases, the same as the previous week
  • The average hospitalisation rate in August and September was greater than 20 people per 1,000 confirmed cases, down from 71 per 1,000 in February
  • The average ICU admission rate in August and September was three people per 1,000 confirmed cases, down from seven per 1,000 in February
  • Of reported cases with a record of employment, 17% were employed in the Human Health and Social Work sector
  • Cases in the Education sector have remained at 6% of all cases among employees for the third consecutive week
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
16/07796502
23/071068428
30/071698961
06/0818910190
13/0822112865
20/0825113771
27/0832612062
03/0935310080
10/093289533
17/092889075
24/092978759
01/103088384
08/103549454
15/1041310675
Table A: Weekly Profile of COVID-19 1,2,3,4
  
 23/0730/0706/0813/0820/0827/0803/0910/0917/0924/0901/1008/1015/10*
Total Cases8,4288,96110,19012,86513,77112,06210,0809,5339,0758,7598,3849,45410,675
              
% 65 and over3%3%4%5%6%8%9%6%7%9%11%13%13%
              
Number in hospital at week end106169189221251326353328288297308354413
              
Number in ICU at week end22233043525955597361597373
              
Total confirmed COVID-19 deaths57912102429373331373223
              
* latest week is preliminary
1 Table includes data as of 19th October 2021 for events created on CIDR (Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting) up to midnight Friday 15th October 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 bulletin covers the period from 28 February 2020 to 15 October 2021. It is the thirty-fourth publication in the Central Statistics Office (CSO) series of bulletins providing insights into those who have contracted or died from COVID-19. The data used is from the Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting (CIDR) provided to the CSO by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

Deaths

There were 23 deaths among confirmed COVID-19 cases in the week ending 15 October 2021 and of those, 22 deaths (96%) were in people aged 65 and over. Most deaths in this pandemic have been in older age groups. No county recorded more than five deaths in the week ending 15 October 2021.

From Table B, we can see the overall mortality rate is 13 per 1,000 confirmed cases. This was highest in April 2020 at 74 per 1,000 confirmed cases. The mortality rate was three 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

The number of weekly cases was 10,675 in the week ending 15 October 2021, an increase of 13% from 9,454 in the previous week. Nearly a third (30%) of cases were among people aged 25-44 while about one in ten (13%) were in those aged 65 and over. Those aged 14 or younger accounted for 22% of cases, the same as the previous week.

0-14 years15-24 years25-44 years45-64 years65-79 years80 years and over
13/081833291541
20/082226281752
27/082323291852
03/092521281763
10/093416281652
17/093415271752
24/092814291973
01/102315302192
08/1022132923103
15/1022123022103

Dublin (2,638) and Cork (1,090) had the highest number of new cases for the week ending 15 October 2021. Figure 3 shows how although the number of new cases has risen nationally by 13%, this varies across counties.

% change
Carlow31
Cavan15
Clare57
Cork3
Donegal-12
Dublin8
Galway4
Kerry27
Kildare9
Kilkenny1
Laois24
Leitrim114
Limerick11
Longford46
Louth19
Mayo13
Meath25
Monaghan-16
Offaly-8
Roscommon39
Sligo9
Tipperary18
Waterford35
Westmeath40
Wexford11
Wicklow-1

Hospitalisations

There were 237 Hospitalisations of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the week ending 08 October 2021 and 229 in the week ending 15 October 2021. Of these, 27 were admitted to ICU in the week ending 08 October 2021 and 28 in the week ending 15 October 2021.  (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.)

People aged 65 and over accounted for 52% of all those hospitalised through the whole period of the pandemic, i.e. from March 2020 to the week ending 15 October 2021.

Males accounted for 53% of those hospitalised and 64% of admissions to ICU since the start of the pandemic.

From Table B, the average hospitalisation rate in August and September was greater than 20 people per 1,000 confirmed cases, down from 71 per 1,000 in February. Table B also shows hospitalisation rates across all age groups decreased between April and June but have increased since then in all age groups except those aged 80 and over.

The average ICU admission rate in August and September was 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 September rates are provisional).

Mortality RateIntensive Care Unit (ICU) RateHospitalisation Rate
Jan24558
Feb15771
Mar7554
Apr4539
May1316
Jun1211
Jul1214
Aug3321
Sep3327
Table B: COVID-19 Mortality, Hospitalisation and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission rates (per 1,000 confirmed cases) by Month 1,2
 All COVID-19 cases
 20202021 
 MarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSep*All months
                     
Mortality Rate47744232..5681892415741113313
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Rate271110....454645755322335
Hospitalisation Rate16111110810539283736763358715439161114212744
                    
Hospitalisation Rate by age                    
0-24 years633823..409118129131714134457710
25-44 years6942377416141517311421363130151113171922
45-64 years148949412564354940713447786958362028293850
65-79 years408282360343..118161151327129211292255207859497100106190
80 years and over439172275147..309216296435281294375479478349293315209231283
* latest month is provisional
1 Table includes data as of 19th October 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, 17% of reported cases with a record of employment in the week ending 16 October 2021 were employed in the Human Health & Social Work Activities sector and 14% in the Wholesale & Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles & Motorcycles sector.

Cases in the Education sector has remained at 6% of all cases among employees for the third consecutive week.

In this analysis, 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 August 2021 for cases reported in September and October); 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.

09/10/202116/10/2021
Agriculture, forestry & fishing (A)4651
Industry (B-E)422571
Construction (F)262287
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (G)549623
Transportation and storage (H)116133
Accommodation and food service activities (I)282341
Information and communication(J)81130
Financial, insurance and real estate activities(K-L)173210
Professional, scientific and technical activities (M)177228
Administrative and support service activities (N)205229
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security (O)219304
Education(P)200253
Human health and social work activities (Q)627756
Other NACE activities (R-U)115168
Unknown89123
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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 on 14 May 2021.

Reporting from the CIDR surveillance system has recommenced on 02 September 2021:

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 15 October 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 34 - Table 2-2A (XLS 44KB)

Table 3: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 34 - Table 3-3A (XLS 52KB)

Table 6: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 34 - Table 6-6A (XLS 34KB)

Further Information

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