January 15, 2021

COVID-19 LATEST: 18 more die, 386 new cases, worrying rise in outbreaks in nursing homes

Eighteen more people have died after contracting the coronavirus as 386 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed by the Department of Health this evening.

It brings the overall death toll as a result of the virus to 1,102. There are now 19,648 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country.

Meanwhile, official figures show an increase in outbreaks of Covid-19 in nursing homes, with long-term residential care facilities also facing a significant risk regarding their operations, mainly in terms of staffing demands.

Of the 425 residential care facilities in the country, 75 have a status red designation.

Latest official figures show an increase in outbreaks of Covid-19 in nursing homes with 208 such clusters reported.

A further 114 outbreaks have been seen in other residential facilities.


Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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