People aged 65 and over account for most recent Covid deaths - CSO

Deaths of people with Covid-19 fall by six to 33 in latest weekly official data on disease

People aged 65 and over have accounted for half of all people hospitalised during the 20-month coronavirus pandemic.

People aged 65 and over have accounted for half of all people hospitalised during the 20-month coronavirus pandemic.

 

All but five of the 33 deaths of people with a confirmed Covid-19 diagnosis were aged 65 year and over, according to the latest official weekly statistics.

The Central Statistics Office data on coronavirus deaths and cases shows that the number of deaths from the disease fell to 33 during the week ending October 29th from 39 the previous week.

Dublin was the only county to report more than five deaths during the week.

The number of weekly cases totaled 14,707, down slightly from 15,101 the previous week. One in 10 were aged 65 and over, while just over one in five cases were aged 14 years or younger, a slight reduction on the previous week.

Dublin had the highest number of new cases with 3,928, followed by Cork with 1,774.

Levelling

The CSO statistics show a levelling off in the number of hospitalisations from Covid-19.

There were 190 hospital admissions of confirmed Covid-19 cases during the week, down from 270 the previous week, while the number admitted to intensive care units fell to 31 from 32.

There were 481 people in hospital, including 97 in ICUs, at the end of that week. This has since reduced to 463 in hospital, including 90 in ICUs, currently.

Of reported cases with a record of employment during the week ending October 29th, some 15 per cent were healthcare or social workers and a further 15 per cent were in the retail trade, or motor vehicle sales and repairs.

The largest weekly increase was a 37 per cent rise in the number of cases among people working in the professional, scientific and technical activities sector.

People aged 65 and over have accounted for half of all people hospitalised during the 20-month coronavirus pandemic. Men have accounted for 52 per cent of hospitalisations and 63 per cent of admissions to intensive care units since the start of the pandemic.