May 18, 2021

LATEST: 390 new cases of virus, quarter of recent infections among younger people

There has been no further coronavirus related deaths but 390 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed this evening.

The overall death toll as a result of the virus remains at 1,802. There are now 35,377 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country, according to the latest daily briefing from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

The breakdown of the latest cases are as follows:  209 cases are in Dublin, 27 in Cork, 22 in Donegal, 21 in Galway,14 in Kildare, 14 in Monaghan, 7 in Roscommon, 7 in Tipperary, 7 in Waterford, 7 in Wexford, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Longford, 5 in Laois, 5 in Meath, 5 in Offaly, 5 in Sligo, with the remaining 23 cases in 8 counties.

The latest cases were confirmed as a separate analysis revealed a quarter of all new cases of the virus in the last fortnight have been among younger people aged between 15 and 24.

The latest 14-day report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre looks at the incidence of the virus between midnight on September 13 up until midnight on Saturday, September 26.

During this time, a total of 4,022 new cases of the virus reported. Of these, the average age of people with the virus is 32.

There were 114 cases in young children aged between 0 and 4, while a further 325 cases occurred in children between 5 and 14.

The highest number of cases reported in the latest two-week period is among 15 to 24-year-olds with 984 cases.

There were also 708 cases among the 25 to 34-year-olds, 576 cases in the 35 to 44 age bracket, 552 among the 45 to 54-year-olds, 375 in the 55 to 64 age group, 236 cases among 65 to 74-year-olds and 106 cases in the 75 to 84 group.

There were just 44 cases recorded among people aged over 85.


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