Dr Tony Holohan

  • 16 more people have died from Covid19 in the Republic while 370 new cases have been confirmed. 

     It brings the death toll here to 174. 

    One of the latest deaths was in the West of the country, 4 in the northwest and 11 in the east.

    The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 5,364.



  • People are being urged to reconsider their Christmas plans if they have been socialising in the past few weeks, after 764 more cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the Republic last night along with 4 additional deaths from the virus.

    This includes 17 new cases in Galway, 14 in Sligo, 9 in Mayo and less than 5 in Roscommon and Leitrim.

    The five day average number of cases has now risen to 557, while the estimated 14-day incidence rate is now above 112 cases per 100,000.

    Mayo's 14-day rate is slightly higher at 116, while the other Connacht counties are all below the national average.

    Mayo has seen 152 new cases of the virus over the past 2 weeks - the highest figure in the province.

    Nationally, the infection rate among adults between 19 and 44 has more than doubled in the past 10 days.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says every indicator of the disease severity is moving in the wrong direction, more rapidly than anticipated, and they have strong concerns about the prospect of inter-generational mixing around the festive season.

  • There has been a further 2,121 new Covid-19 cases and 8 additional deaths reported this evening.

    This includes 55 new cases in Mayo, 84 in Galway, 15 in Roscommon, 14 in Sligo and less than 5 in Leitrim.

    There are now 1,975 people in hospital with the virus and 200 of these patients are in  ICU.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says there are now more sick people in hospital than at any time in the course of this pandemic.

    He's appealing to people to continue to stay at home and drive down the infection in the community.


  • The Chief Medical Officer says the recent dip in Covid-19 figures can't yet be called a trend.

    Last night, 720 new cases were confirmed and 5 additional deaths.

    This includes 47 new cases in Galway, 23 in Mayo, 6 in Sligo and less than 5 in both Roscommon and Leitrim.

    The national incidence rate has fallen slightly from yesterday to 307 per 100,000 people.

    Sligo and Galway's 14-day incidence rates remain above the national average, and 439 and 385 respectively.

    Sligo currently has the third highest rate nationally, and Galway is 5th.

    Nationally, the total number of cases has stayed below 1,000 for four out of the last five days.

    However, Dr Tony Holohan says that, while there are some chinks of light, he insisted the country hasn't turned a corner yet in suppressing the spread of the disease:

  • 4,929 Covid cases have been confirmed this evening and 8 additional deaths. 

    In this region, there are 225 new cases in Galway, 185 in Mayo, 72 in Roscommon and 22 in Sligo.

    As of this afternoon, 1,582 patients are in hospital with 146 patients with the virus being treated in ICU. 

    Chair of NPHET's modelling group, Professor Philip Nolan, says there are indications trends are improving, while the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has again stressed that the best way forward is for people to stay at home and cut their contacts right down to only those in their immediate household.



  • European regulators are planning to meet next Monday - which is earlier than planned - to discuss approval of the Pfizer vaccine.

    The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says that could mean the initial rollout of vaccines starting here by the end of the year.

    But Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has warned people not to drop their guard just because a vaccine is on the way.


    It comes as a further 8 deaths and 329 new cases of the virus were recorded yesterday.

    This includes 9 new cases in Mayo, and less than 5 in counties Sligo, Galway and Roscommon.

    Mayo's 14-day incidence rate of the virus is at 108 per 100,000 people - higher than the national average of 84 per 100,000.

    All other Connacht counties have 14-day rates well below the national average.

  • There has been a further 93 Covid-19 deaths confirmed this evening- the highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic.

    It beats the previous record of 77 deaths recorded on April 20th last year.

    Of the 93 deaths reported today, 89 occurred this month and 3 in December.

    An additional 2,001 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed.

    This includes 73 cases in Galway, 62 in Mayo, 18 in Roscommon, 13 in Sligo and less than 5 in Leitrim.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says we cannot afford to drop our guard against the very high levels of infection that remain in the community at present.


  • The Chief Medical Officer is appealing to people with foreign holidays planned, to cancel them.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team is noticing a "worrying trend" of Covid-19 cases increasing, and new clusters emerging.

    One of the clusters was located in the north west and was linked with travel to Iraq.

    No new deaths were reported yesterday evening, but 24 more cases were confirmed.

    Dr Tony Holohan wants people, who have foreign holidays planned, to reconsider.

  • The Chief Medical Officer has given his strongest indication yet that Covid-19 restrictions won't be lifted, as planned, next Tuesday.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team is due to advise Government tomorrow about whether any measures can be eased.

    However, the Chief Medical Officer gave the strongest hint yet at his daily press briefing last night that he won't be recommending any easing of the measures.

    Dr. Tony Holohan said as things stand, he wouldn't be advising anything be lifted next week.

    It comes as 31 more deaths were reported from Covid-19, with over 20,000 confirmed cases across the country - including 478 cases now in Mayo, 351 in Galway, 148 in Roscommon and 116 in Sligo.


  • The Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health says the country will be re-opened in a cautious and conservative manner, to try prevent further Covid-19 restrictions later this year.

    1,339 people with the virus have died, after a further 23 fatalities were confirmed last night, while the number of cases has risen to just under 22,000.

    This includes 510 confirmed cases now in Co Mayo, 369 in galway, 181 in Roscommon and 120 in Co Sligo.

    Ireland's gradual easing of restrictions between now and August is much slower than in other countries.

    But Dr. Tony Holohan is defending the approach:

  • The Chief Medical Officer has warned that there will be a sharp increase in Covid 19 deaths in the coming weeks.

    817 people with Covid-19 are being treated in the country's hospitals this afternoon and 76 are in ICU.

    There are 50 patients with Covid are being treated at Mayo University Hospital today, with 47 at UHG, 10 in Sligo and 5 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    6,110 new cases of the virus were confirmed nationwide last night, with 6 further deaths

    Dr Tony Holohan says sadly the number of deaths will rise significantly this month.

  • The Chief Medical Officer is currently meeting with the coalition party leaders to discuss escalating nationwide COVID restrictions.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team has recommended moving the entire country to Level 5 - the highest level of restrictions possible.

    Dr Tony Holohan is making his case to the coalition party leaders, and the advice may then be considered by the cabinet sub-committee and the Covid steering group of officials before being put to a full cabinet meeting later.

  • HIQA is to carry out a risk-assessment to see which nursing homes need more help to deal with Covid-19.

    It's one of the recommendations top health officials have made to deal with clusters of the virus in nursing homes.

    The clusters, to date, have mainly been in nursing homes in the East of the country.

    Yesterday, the coronavirus claimed a further 17 lives - including 3 in the West, 3 in the Northwest, 3 in the south and 8 in the East -  bringing the death toll to 71, while 325 new cases were confirmed.

    There are now 3,235 diagnosed cases in the Republic of Ireland.

    The latest county breakdown refers to figures from last Sunday, and shows 36 confirmed cases in Co Mayo, 19 in Sligo, 10 in Roscommon and 86 in Co Galway.

    Yesterday saw the highest daily death toll yet, but Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan says it's too early to say if the surge in cases has begun:


    The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says he understands people's frustrations with the Covid-19 restrictions, but is urging the public not to undo the good work done up to this point.

    The measures aimed at stopping the spread of the virus are due to expire on May 5th, however it's anticipated they'll be extended with little change.

    An update from government on its plan's expected on Friday following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

  • The Department of Health's Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan will return to his post next week.

    Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says he's looking forward to working with Dr Holohan, who stepped back from his role in July as his wife was receiving palliative care.

    Dr Holohan had become a well-known figure during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, as he recommended strict measures to tackle the virus, including the national lockdown.


  • Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions are now in place across the country for the next three weeks.

    People are asked not to travel outside their county, while dining inside restaurants and cafes is banned.

    Last night, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar told the Fine Gael Parliamentary party that a short 'circuit-break' lockdown, like that proposed by NPHET at the weekend, is being considered.


    Traffic jams are to be used by Gardaí from this morning to discourage people making unneccessary journeys.

    Operation Fanacht came into force at midnight across the country with 132 checkpoints a day on main roads, while there will be thousands more in towns and villages.

    One further death was recorded yesterday evening from Covid-19, with 432 new cases.

    111 of the new cases were in Dublin, 51 in Donegal, 41 in Cork, 32 in Clare and the remaining 197 are located across 20 counties.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has warned that it is essential that there is a broad societal effort over the coming weeks.

    He said every one of us has the power to interrupt the spread of this virus, and now is the time to use it.

  • Level five Covid restrictions will come into effect for the whole country at midnight tonight.

    People will not be allowed further than 5km from their home unless it's essential or on compassionate grounds, with fines to be introduced in the coming weeks for those breaching the restrictions.

    All non-essential retail, hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons must close, while pubs, cafes and restaurants can offer a takeaway service only.

    13 additional deaths and 1,269 new cases were confirmed yesterday evening - while the national 14-day incidence rate is just over 279.

    In this region, there were 74 new cases confirmed last night in Galway, 28 in Mayo, 27 in Sligo and less than 5 in both Roscommon and Leitrim.

    Sligo and Galway both have 14-day incidence rates above the national average - Sligo is at 355 per 100,000 people - which is the 4th highest in the country.

    Galway's incidence rate is 313, Roscommon is now 229 and Mayo is at 183 cases per 100,000 people - 5th lowest in the country.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says everyone needs to take personal responsibility to slow the spread of the virus.

  • The Chief Medical Officer says the pattern of Covid-19 is still trending upwards, despite a drop in the number of daily cases.

    264 new infections were recorded yesterday, along with two further deaths.

    There were 9 new cases of the virus in Mayo yesterday, with 5 in Galway, less than 5 in Sligo and no new cases reported in either Roscommon or Leitrim.

    Mayo has recorded 139 new cases of Covid over the past 2 weeks, pushing the county's 14-day incidence rate well above the national average.

    The rate nationally is now 83 per 100,000 people - but has risen to 106 in Mayo.

    Mayo is one of 12 counties above the national average, and the 14-day incidence of the virus in a number of counties is continuing to rise.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says the five-day moving average is still increasing, and he's urging people to adhere to the public health guidelines.


  • The National Public Health Emergency Team will discuss the sudden rise in the number of people admitted to intensive care with Covid-19, at its weekly meeting this morning.

    The Chief Medical Officer, Tony Holohan, has expressed concern that 8 people were admitted to ICU with the virus yesterday - the highest number in a 24-hour period since last Spring.

    A further 5 deaths were reported from the virus last evening, with 227 new cases.

    This includes 10 more cases in Galway, 7 in Mayo, less than 5 in Roscommon and no new cases in either Sligo or Leitrim.

    The 14-day incidence rate of the virus nationally is now 79 per 100,000 people - with all Connacht counties remaining below that figure.

    However, Dr Tony Holohan warned that Covid-19 is still an extremely infectious disease which has the potential to lead to hospitalisation and even ICU admissions.

    He said we are actively planning to begin vaccinating people early in the New year, and we cannot afford to drop our guard now.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team will also discuss the planned rollout of coronavirus vaccines when it meets today.

  • The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says a 'worrying trend' of new clusters of Covid-19 is developing in Ireland.

    No new deaths linked to the virus have been reported to public health doctors today.

    But 24 people have tested positive in the Republic - bringing the total to 24,462.

    The pandemic death toll remains 1,735.