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COVID Deaths and Cases

From 28 February 2020 to 10 December 2021

CSO statistical release, , 11am

COVID-19 Insight Bulletins: Deaths and Cases, Series 38

There were 31 deaths among confirmed COVID-19 cases in the week ending 10 December and, of those 21 deaths (68%) were people with an underlying condition

Key Findings for the week ending 10 December 2021:

  • There were 31 COVID-19 related deaths, of which 20 were among those aged 65 years and older
  • The number of weekly cases was 28,112
  • Cases among those aged 14 or younger decreased by 14% on the previous week and made up 27% of all cases
  • Cases in the 65 – 79 years age group decreased by 24% on the previous week.
  • Dublin (9,608) and Cork (3,329) had the highest number of new cases
  • Cases in Dublin increased by 3% while cases in Roscommon decreased by 43%
  • Of reported cases with a record of employment, 15% were employed in Wholesale & Retail Trade sector
  • Cases decreased by 11% amongst those employed in the Health & Social Work sector and made up just over 9% of all cases with a record of employment while cases in the Education sector increased by 10% in the week and also accounted for 9% of all cases.
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
06/0818910901
13/0822112180
20/0825112443
27/0832611863
03/093539897
10/093289554
17/092889096
24/092978726
01/103088544
08/103549840/td>
15/1041312080
22/1045714621
29/1048117271
05/1146424593
12/1154928138
19/1164330510
26/1157231114
03/1252830659
10/1251128112
Table A: Weekly Profile of COVID-19 1,2,3,4
  
 17/0924/0901/1008/1015/1022/1029/1005/1112/1119/1126/11*03/12*10/12*
Total Cases9,0968,7268,5449,84012,08014,62117,27124,59328,13830,51031,11430,65928,112
              
% 65 and over7%9%11%13%13%12%11%9%9%8%7%5%4%
              
% Not Vaccinated (self-reported)47%43%40%36%34%32%24%21%22%21%16%15%*
              
Number in hospital at week end288297308354413457481464549643572528511
              
Number in ICU at week end736159737390977696118118110110
              
Total confirmed COVID-19 deaths38364847455646724138485131
              
* latest week is preliminary and will be revised in the next bulletin
1 Table includes data as of 15 December 2021 for events created on CIDR (Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting) up to midnight Friday 10 December 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 10 December 2021. It is the thirty-eighth 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 31 deaths among confirmed COVID-19 cases in the week ending 10 December and of those, 21 deaths (68%) were people with an underlying condition other than COVID-19.

Most deaths in this pandemic have been in older age groups and in the week ending 10 December 2021, 65% of deaths were among those aged 65 or older.

Dublin was the only county to record more than five deaths in the week ending 10 December 2021.

Confirmed Cases

The number of weekly cases was 28,112 in the week ending 10 December (Note subject to revision as cases are assigned to epi date).

Cases among those aged 14 or younger decreased by 14% on the previous week and made up 27% of all cases in the week. More than one-third (36%) of cases were among people aged 25-44 while one in 20 (5%) was in those aged 65 and over, with cases in the 65 – 79 years age group decreasing by 24% on the previous week.

Dublin (9,608) and Cork (3,329) had the highest number of new cases for the week ending 10 December 2021. Figure 3 shows how although the number of new cases has decreased nationally by 8%, variations can be seen across counties with the highest increase in cases noted in Dublin, up 3% in a week, while the largest decrease of 43% was seen in Roscommon.

Figure 2 - COVID-19 Cases by Age Group
Figure 3 - COVID-19 cases by County (week-on-week comparison)

Hospitalisations

There were 265 Hospitalisations of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the week ending 03 December 2021 and 238 in the week ending 10 December 2021. Of these, 12 were admitted to ICU in the week ending 03 December 2021 and seven in the week ending 10 December 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 50% of all those hospitalised through the whole period of the pandemic, i.e. from March 2020 to the week ending 10 December 2021.

Males accounted for 52% of those hospitalised and 63% of admissions to ICU since the start of the pandemic.

Sector of Employment

In Table 10, 15% of reported cases with a record of employment in the week ending 10 December 2021 were employed in the Wholesale & Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles & Motorcycles sector and 12% in the Industry sector.

From Figure 4 we can see that cases are generally increasing across sectors between the week ending 03/12 and the week ending 10/12. However, cases decreased by 11% amongst those employed in the Health & Social Work sector. This sector accounted for 9% of all cases while cases in the Education sector increased by 10% in the week and also accounted for 9% of all cases.

Figure 4 - COVID-19 Cases by Employment Sector (week-on-week comparison) All Counties

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 October 2021 for cases reported in November and December); 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.

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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 10 December 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 38 - Table 2-2A (XLS 48KB)

Table 3: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 38 - Table 3-3A (XLS 57KB)

Table 6: COVID-19 Deaths and Cases Series 38 - Table 6-6A (XLS 37KB)

Further Information

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