COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Ireland

COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Ireland
COVID-19 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population in Ireland.png
COVID-19 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population by county, 2 March 2022
Ireland: Positive decrease 1131.5 (2 March 2022)[1]
  •   ≥699
  •   584–699
  •   533–584
  •   478–533
  •   <478
Monsoon fashion shop in Grafton Street
Deserted M50 motorway near Castleknock
A COVID-19 street safety sign in Douglas, Cork
Wash your hands window in Dame Street Boarded up
COVID-19 social distancing sign in Carpenterstown
Clockwise, from top-left:
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationRepublic of Ireland
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseDublin
Arrival date29 February 2020 (2 years and 1 week ago)
DateAs of 6 March 2022
Confirmed cases1,315,100 (+4,033)[2]
Hospitalised cases
  • Negative increase 751 (+78) (active)[3]
  • 29,424 (total)[3]
Critical cases
  • Negative increase 45 (+2) (active)[3]
  • 2,512 (total)[3]
Ventilator casesSteady 19 (0)[4]
Deaths
6,531 (+4)[2]
Fatality ratePositive decrease 0.5%
Test positivity rateNegative increase 30.9%[3]
Vaccinations
  • 10,620,191[5] (doses administered)
  • 4,054,930[5] (at least one dose)
  • 3,736,467[5] (second dose)
  • 2,828,794[5] (boosters)
Government website
Gov.ie – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Ireland is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The virus reached the country in late February 2020[6] and cases soon confirmed in all counties.[7][8] The government shut schools, childcare facilities and cultural institutions on 12 March 2020.[9] Large gatherings were cancelled, including St Patrick's Day festivities.[10][11] On 24 March, almost all businesses, venues and amenities were shut,[12] and on 27 March, the first stay-at-home order banned all non-essential travel and contact with others.[13][14][15] People were made to keep apart in public, and those most at risk were told to cocoon.[16] The Oireachtas passed an emergency act giving the state far-reaching powers to control the virus's spread,[17] and the Gardaí given powers to enforce the lockdown.[18]

The Republic's first lockdown was the longest in Europe, especially for hospitality and retail.[19] It caused a severe recession[20] and an unprecedented rise in unemployment.[21][22][23] A Pandemic Unemployment Payment and Wage Subsidy Scheme were set up. The Health Service Executive (HSE) launched a campaign asking all current and former healthcare workers to "be on call for Ireland".[24] In mid-April, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) reported the pandemic's growth rate had been driven "as low as it needs to be",[25] and the curve had flattened.[26] Infections and deaths dropped to low levels by June and restrictions were gradually lifted, while schools remained closed for summer break. Pubs remained shut, the longest such closure in Europe.[27]

In August, a three-week regional lockdown was imposed in three counties following a spike in cases linked to food processing plants.[28][29] Schools re-opened in September. This was followed by a surge in cases, and in October another statewide lockdown was imposed, excluding schools.[30][31] In early December, Ireland's infection rate was the lowest in the EU,[32] and restrictions were eased.[33] There was another surge in late December,[34] and on Christmas Eve, another statewide lockdown was imposed.[35] This was soon tightened to include schools, and was one of the strictest in the world.[36] The vaccination programme began on 29 December,[37][38] and has been praised as one of the most successful rollouts in the world.

In February 2021, the government imposed testing and quarantine rules on incoming travellers for the first time.[39] Infections fell sharply, and schools re-opened in March. The lockdown was gradually lifted from May, but unlike most of Europe, indoor hospitality remained shut.[40] Infections rose again in July due to the Delta variant but there were fewer deaths. Indoor hospitality reopened under strict rules, while vaccinations sped up.[41][42] Despite Ireland's high vaccination rate, there was another surge in late 2021 due to the Omicron variant, with record-breaking cases being reported. Proof of vaccination or non-infection became mandatory to enter most indoor venues, but the government imposed another curfew on indoor hospitality from 20 December. Cases fell sharply, and the majority of restrictions, including mandatory mask wearing and social distancing, were eased in January and February 2022.[43][44]

As well as the major strain on Ireland's healthcare service, the pandemic has severely damaged Ireland's economy, disrupted education and had far-reaching impacts on society, including politics, religion, crime, the arts and sports.

By 4 March 2022, the Department of Health had confirmed 1,315,100 cases and 6,531 deaths.[2] More than 90% of those who died were aged over 65,[45] and 93% had underlying illnesses[46] or lived in care homes, with a median age of death at 82 years old.[47][48]

Statistics

The surveillance of COVID-19 cases has been integrated into the existing national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting (CIDR) system since COVID-19 was made a notifiable disease on 20 February 2020. CIDR is the information system used to manage the surveillance and control of infectious diseases in Ireland, both at regional and national level.[49] Daily epidemiological reports on COVID-19 are prepared by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) for the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).[50] Additional information is provided by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in its daily operations updates.[4]

By 4 March 2022, the Department of Health had confirmed 1,315,100 cases and 6,531 deaths;[2] a rate of 261,461 cases per million, 1,298 deaths per million and 2,271,708 tests per million population.[51]

COVID-19 variant cases in Ireland (25 February 2022)[52]
Virus variantNumber of cases
Variants of concern
Omicron[a]7,780
Delta[b]28,916
Beta77
Gamma33
Alpha16,127
Variants of interest
Lambda4
Mu4
Other1,364
Total54,305
Age profile of cases to 3 March
AgeCases
0–4
60,925
5–14
175,293
15–24
229,268
25–34
224,578
35–44
238,681
45–54
178,619
55–64
108,834
65–74
55,611
75–84
28,022
85+
15,167

Median age: 33; Mean age: 35; Range: 0-108

Age profile of deaths to 28 February
AgeDeaths
0–24
11(0.2%)
25–34
22(0.3%)
35–44
56(0.7%)
45–54
174(2.7%)
55–64
433(6.7%)
65–74
1,106(17%)
75–84
2,147(33.1%)
85+
2,542(39.1%)
Health Worker
23(+1 last week)
Unknown
5

Median age: 82; Mean age: 80; Range: 14-105

Age profile of hospitalised cases to 3 March
AgeNumber of cases
0–4
857
5–14
689
15–24
1,702
25–34
2,594
35–44
2,894
45–54
3,200
55–64
3,748
65–74
4,665
75–84
5,487
85+
3,581

Total hospitalised cases: 29,424; Total ICU cases: 2,512

Gender of COVID-19 cases to 3 March
GenderNumber of cases (%)
Female
686,808(52.38%)
Male
628,029(47.9%)
Unknown
263(0.02%)

Total = 1,311,105

Gender of COVID-19 deaths to 28 February
GenderNumber of deaths (%)
Female
3,011(46.4%)
Male
3,485(53.6%)
Unknown
0(0%)

Timeline

COVID-19 cases in the Republic of Ireland  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases        Backlogged cases
202020202021202120222022
FebFebMarMarAprAprMayMayJunJunJulJulAugAugSepSepOctOctNovNovDecDec
JanJanFebFebMarMarAprAprMayMayJunJunJulJulAugAugSepSepOctOctNovNovDecDec
JanJanFebFebMarMar
Last 15 daysLast 15 days
Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-02-291(n.a.)
1(=)
2020-03-032(+1)
2020-03-046(+4)
2020-03-0513(+7)
2020-03-0618(+5)
2020-03-0719(+1)
2020-03-0821(+2)
2020-03-09
24(+3)
2020-03-10
34(+10)
2020-03-11
43(+9)1(n.a.)
2020-03-12
70(+27)1(=)
2020-03-13
90(+20)1(=)
2020-03-14
129(+39)2(+1)
2020-03-15
169(+40)2(=)
2020-03-16
223(+54)2(=)
2020-03-17
292(+69)2(=)
2020-03-18
366(+25.3%)2(=7)
2020-03-19
2020-03-20
683(n.a.)3(n.a.)
2020-03-21
785(+102)3(=)
2020-03-22
906(+121)4(+1)
2020-03-23
1,125(+219)6(+2)
2020-03-24
1,329(+204)7(+1)
2020-03-25
1,564(+235)9(+2)
2020-03-26
1,819(+255)19(+10)
2020-03-27
2,121(+302)22(+3)
2020-03-28
2,415(+294)36(+14)
2020-03-29
2,615(+200)46(+10)
2020-03-30
2,910(+295)54(+8)
2020-03-31
3,235(+325)71(+17)
2020-04-01
3,447(+212)85(+14)
2020-04-02
3,849(+402)98(+13)
2020-04-03
4,273(+424)120(+22)
2020-04-04
4,604(+331)137(+17)
2020-04-05
5,111(+11.0%[i])158(+15.3%)
2020-04-06
5,859(+14.6%[i])174(+10.1%)
2020-04-07
6,224(+6.2%[i])210(+20.7%)
2020-04-08
6,688(+7.5%[i])235(+11.9%)
2020-04-09
7,393(+10.5%[i])263(+11.9%)
2020-04-10
8,089(+9.4%[i])288(+9.5%)
2020-04-11
8,642(+769)320(+32)
2020-04-12
9,358(+716)334(+14)
2020-04-13
10,182(+824)365(+31)
2020-04-14
11,195(+1,013)406(+41)
2020-04-15
12,136(+941)444(+38)
2020-04-16
13,176(+1,040)486(+42)
2020-04-17
13,868(+692)530(+44)
2020-04-18
14,610(+742)571(+41)
2020-04-19
15,203(+593)610(+39)
2020-04-20
15,652(+449)687(+77)
2020-04-21
16,040(+388)730(+43)
2020-04-22
16,671(+631)769(+39)
2020-04-23
17,607(+936)794(+25)
2020-04-24
18,184(+3.3%)1,014(+27.7%[ii])
2020-04-25
18,561(+377)1,063(+49)
2020-04-26
19,262(+701)1,087(+24)
2020-04-27
19,648(+386)1,102(+15)
2020-04-28
19,877(+229)1,159(+57)
2020-04-29
20,253(+376)1,190(+31)
2020-04-30
20,612(+359)1,232(+42)
2020-05-01
20,833(+221)1,265(+33)
2020-05-02
21,176(+343)1,286(+21)
2020-05-03
21,506(+330)1,303(+17)
2020-05-04
21,772(+266)1,319(+16)
2020-05-05
21,983(+211)1,339(+20)
2020-05-06
22,248(+265)1,375(+36)
2020-05-07
22,385(+137)1,403(+28)
2020-05-08
22,541(+156)1,429(+26)
2020-05-09
22,760(+219)1,446(+17)
2020-05-10
22,996(+236)1,458(+12)
2020-05-11
23,135(+139)1,467(+9)
2020-05-12
23,242(+107)1,488(+21)
2020-05-13
23,401(+159)1,497(+9)
2020-05-14
23,827(+1.8%[iii])1,506(+0.6%)
2020-05-15
23,956(+0.5%)1,518(+0.8%)
2020-05-16
24,048(+92)1,533(+15)
2020-05-17
24,112(+64)1,543(+10)
2020-05-18
24,200(+88)1,547(+4)
2020-05-19
24,251(+51)1,561(+14)
2020-05-20
24,315(+64)1,571(+10)
2020-05-21
24,391(+76)1,583(+12)
2020-05-22
24,506(+115)1,592(+9)
2020-05-23
24,582(+76)1,604(+12)
2020-05-24
24,639(+57)1,606(+2)
2020-05-25
24,698(+59)1,606(=)
2020-05-26
24,735(+37)1,615(+9)
2020-05-27
24,803(+68)1,631(+16)
2020-05-28
24,841(+38)1,639(+8)
2020-05-29
24,876(+35)1,645(+6)
2020-05-30
24,929(+53)1,648(+3)
2020-05-31
24,990(+61)1,649(+1)
2020-06-01
25,062(+72)1,650(+1)
2020-06-02
25,066(+4)1,658(+8)
2020-06-03
25,111(+45)1,659(+1)
2020-06-04
25,142(+31)1,664(+5)
2020-06-05
25,163(+21)1,670(+6)
2020-06-06
25,183(+20)1,678(+8)
2020-06-07
25,201(+18)1,679(+1)
2020-06-08
25,207(+6)1,683(+4)
2020-06-09
25,215(+8)1,691(+8)
2020-06-10
25,231(+16)1,695(+4)
2020-06-11
25,238(+7)1,703(+8)
2020-06-12
25,250(+12)1,705(+2)
2020-06-13
25,295(+45)1,705(=)
2020-06-14
25,303(+8)1,706(+1)
2020-06-15
25,321(+18)1,706(=)
2020-06-16
25,334(+13)1,709(+3)
2020-06-17
25,341(+7)1,710(+1)
2020-06-18
25,355(+14)1,714(+4)
2020-06-19
25,368(+13)1,714(=)
2020-06-20
25,374(+6)1,715(+1)
2020-06-21
25,379(+5)1,715(=)
2020-06-22
25,383(+4)1,717(+2)
2020-06-23
25,391(+8)1,720(+3)
2020-06-24
25,396(+5)1,726(+6)
2020-06-25
25,405(+9)1,727(+1)
2020-06-26
25,414(+9)1,730(+3)
2020-06-27
25,437(+23)1,734(+4)
2020-06-28
25,439(+2)1,735(+1)
2020-06-29
25,462(+23)1,735(=)
2020-06-30
25,473(+11)1,736(+1)
2020-07-01
25,477(+4)1,738(+2)
2020-07-02
25,489(+12)1,738(=)
2020-07-03
25,498(+9)1,740(+2)
2020-07-04
25,509(+11)1,741(+1)
2020-07-05
25,527(+18)1,741(=)
2020-07-06
25,531(+4)1,741(=)
2020-07-07
25,538(+7)1,742(+1)
2020-07-08
25,542(+4)1,738
2020-07-09
25,565(+23)1,743(+5)
2020-07-10
25,589(+24)1,744(+1)
2020-07-11
25,611(+22)1,746(+2)
2020-07-12
25,628(+17)1,746(=)
2020-07-13
25,638(+10)1,746(=)
2020-07-14
25,670(+32)1,746(=)
2020-07-15
25,683(+13)1,748(+2)
2020-07-16
25,698(+15)1,749(+1)
2020-07-17
25,730(+32)1,752(+3)
2020-07-18
25,750(+20)1,753(+1)
2020-07-19
25,760(+10)1,753(=)
2020-07-20
25,766(+6)1,753(=)
2020-07-21
25,802(+36)1,753(=)
2020-07-22
25,819(+17)1,754(+1)
2020-07-23
25,826(+7)1,763(+9)
2020-07-24
25,845(+19)1,763(=)
2020-07-25
25,869(+24)1,764(+1)
2020-07-26
25,881(+12)1,764(=)
2020-07-27
25,892(+11)1,764(=)
2020-07-28
25,929(+37)1,764(=)
2020-07-29
25,942(+13)1,764(=)
2020-07-30
26,027(+0.33%[iv])1,763(-0.06%)
2020-07-31
26,065(+38)1,763(=)
2020-08-01
26,109(+44)1,763(=)
2020-08-02
26,162(+53)1,763(=)
2020-08-03
26,208(+46)1,763(=)
2020-08-04
26,253(+45)1,763(=)
2020-08-05
26,303(+50)1,763(=)
2020-08-06
26,372(+69)1,768(+5)
2020-08-07
26,470(+0.37%[v])1,772(+0.23%)
2020-08-08
26,644(+0.66%[v])1,772(=)
2020-08-09
26,712(+68)1,772(=)
2020-08-10
26,768(+56)1,772(=)
2020-08-11
26,801(+33)1,773(+1)
2020-08-12
26,838(+37)1,774(+1)
2020-08-13
26,929(+91)1,774(=)
2020-08-14
26,995(+66)1,774(=)
2020-08-15
27,191(+0.73%[vi])1,774(=)
2020-08-16
27,257(+66)1,774(=)
2020-08-17
27,313(+56)1,774(=)
2020-08-18
27,499(+186)1,775(+1)
2020-08-19
27,547(+48)1,775(=)
2020-08-20
27,676(+129)1,776(+1)
2020-08-21
27,755(+79)1,776(=)
2020-08-22
27,908(+153)1,777(+1)
2020-08-23
27,969(+61)1,777(=)
2020-08-24
28,116(+147)1,777(=)
2020-08-25
28,201(+85)1,777(=)
2020-08-26
28,363(+162)1,777(=)
2020-08-27
28,453(+90)1,777(=)
2020-08-28
28,578(+125)1,777(=)
2020-08-29
28,720(+142)1,777(=)
2020-08-30
28,760(+40)1,777(=)
2020-08-31
28,811(+51)1,777(=)
2020-09-01
29,025(+214)1,777(=)
2020-09-02
29,114(+89)1,777(=)
2020-09-03
29,206(+92)1,777(=)
2020-09-04
29,303(+97)1,777(=)
2020-09-05
29,534(+231)1,777(=)
2020-09-06
29,672(+138)1,777(=)
2020-09-07
29,774(+102)1,777(=)
2020-09-08
30,080(+306)1,778(+1)
2020-09-09
30,164(+84)1,781(+3)
2020-09-10
30,360(+196)1,781(=)
2020-09-11
30,571(+211)1,781(=)
2020-09-12
30,730(+159)1,783(+2)
2020-09-13
30,985(+255)1,784(+1)
2020-09-14
31,192(+207)1,784(=)
2020-09-15
31,549(+357)1,787(+3)
2020-09-16
31,799(+250)1,788(+1)
2020-09-17
32,023(+224)1,789(+1)
2020-09-18
32,271(+248)1,792(+3)
2020-09-19
32,538(+267)1,792(=)
2020-09-20
32,933(+395)1,792(=)
2020-09-21
33,121(+188)1,792(=)
2020-09-22
33,444(+323)1,792(=)
2020-09-23
33,675(+231)1,794(+2)
2020-09-24
33,994(+319)1,797(+3)
2020-09-25
34,315(+321)1,797(=)
2020-09-26
34,560(+245)1,802(+5)
2020-09-27
34,990(+430)1,802(=)
2020-09-28
35,377(+387)1,802(=)
2020-09-29
35,740(+363)1,803(+1)
2020-09-30
36,155(+415)1,804(+1)
2020-10-01
36,597(+442)1,806(+2)
2020-10-02
37,063(+466)1,801
2020-10-03
37,668(+605)1,810(+9)
2020-10-04
38,032(+364)1,810(=)
2020-10-05
38,549(+517)1,810(=)
2020-10-06
38,973(+424)1,811(+1)
2020-10-07
39,584(+611)1,816(+5)
2020-10-08
40,086(+502)1,817(+1)
2020-10-09
40,703(+617)1,821(+4)
2020-10-10
41,714(+1,011)1,824(+3)
2020-10-11
42,528(+814)1,826(+2)
2020-10-12
43,351(+823)1,827(+1)
2020-10-13
44,159(+808)1,830(+3)
2020-10-14
45,243(+1,084)1,835(+5)
2020-10-15
46,429(+1,186)1,838(+3)
2020-10-16
47,427(+998)1,841(+3)
2020-10-17
48,678(+1,251)1,849(+8)
2020-10-18
49,962(+1,284)1,852(+3)
2020-10-19
50,993(+1,031)1,852(=)
2020-10-20
52,256(+1,263)1,865(+13)
2020-10-21
53,422(+1,166)1,868(+3)
2020-10-22
54,476(+1,054)1,871(+3)
2020-10-23
55,261(+785)1,878(+7)
2020-10-24
56,108(+847)1,882(+4)
2020-10-25
57,128(+1,020)1,882(=)
2020-10-26
58,067(+939)1,885(+3)
2020-10-27
58,767(+700)1,890(+5)
2020-10-28
59,434(+667)1,896(+6)
2020-10-29
60,297(+863)1,902(+6)
2020-10-30
61,059(+762)1,908(+6)
2020-10-31
61,456(+397)1,913(+5)
2020-11-01
62,002(+546)1,915(+2)
2020-11-02
62,750(+748)1,917(+2)
2020-11-03
63,048(+298)1,922(+5)
2020-11-04
63,483(+435)1,930(+8)
2020-11-05
64,046(+563)1,933(+3)
2020-11-06
64,538(+492)1,940(+7)
2020-11-07
64,855(+317)1,945(+5)
2020-11-08
65,394(+539)1,947(+2)
2020-11-09
65,659(+265)1,948(+1)
2020-11-10
65,889(+230)1,963(+15)
2020-11-11
66,247(+358)1,965(+2)
2020-11-12
66,632(+385)1,965(=)
2020-11-13
67,099(+467)1,972(+7)
2020-11-14
67,526(+427)1,978(+6)
2020-11-15
67,903(+377)1,979(+1)
2020-11-16
68,356(+453)1,984(+5)
2020-11-17
68,686(+330)1,995(+11)
2020-11-18
69,058(+372)2,006(+11)
2020-11-19
69,487(+429)2,010(+4)
2020-11-20
69,802(+315)2,018(+8)
2020-11-21
70,143(+341)2,022(+4)
2020-11-22
70,461(+318)2,023(+1)
2020-11-23
70,711(+250)2,022
2020-11-24
70,930(+219)2,028(+6)
2020-11-25
71,187(+257)2,033(+5)
2020-11-26
71,494(+307)2,036(+3)
2020-11-27
71,699(+205)2,043(+7)
2020-11-28
71,942(+243)2,050(+7)
2020-11-29
72,241(+299)2,052(+2)
2020-11-30
72,544(+303)2,053(+1)
2020-12-01
72,798(+254)2,069(+16)
2020-12-02
73,066(+268)2,074(+5)
2020-12-03
73,228(+162)2,080(+6)
2020-12-04
73,491(+263)2,086(+6)
2020-12-05
73,948(+0.62%[vii])2,099(+0.62%)
2020-12-06
74,246(+298)2,099(=)
2020-12-07
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666,657(+5,269)5,835(=)
2021-12-22
672,964(+6,307)5,890(+55)
2021-12-23
680,375(+7,411)5,890(=)
2021-12-24
691,557(+11,182)5,890(=)
2021-12-25
705,322(+13,765)5,890(=)
2021-12-26
715,726(+10,404)5,890(=)
2021-12-27
722,461(+6,735)5,890(=)
2021-12-28
731,467(+9,006)5,890(=)
2021-12-29
747,895(+16,428)5,912(+22)
2021-12-30
768,449(+20,554)5,912(=)
2021-12-31
788,559(+20,110)5,912(=)
2022-01-01
811,840(+23,281)5,912(=)
2022-01-02
828,911(+17,071)5,912(=)
2022-01-03
845,897(+16,986)5,912(=)
2022-01-04
867,199(+21,302)5,912(=)
2022-01-05
884,855(+17,656)5,952(+40)
2022-01-06
908,672(+23,817)5,952(=)
2022-01-07
930,598(+21,926)5,952(=)
2022-01-08
956,720(+26,122)5,952(=)
2022-01-09
978,104(+21,384)5,952(=)
2022-01-10
1,002,013(+23,909)5,952(=)
2022-01-11
1,021,303(+19,290)5,952(=)
2022-01-12
1,042,212(+20,909)6,035(+83)
2022-01-13
1,061,116(+18,904)6,035(=)
2022-01-14
1,078,181(+17,065)6,035(=)
2022-01-15
1,092,736(+14,555)6,035(=)
2022-01-16
1,103,489(+10,753)6,035(=)
2022-01-17
1,109,818(+6,329)6,035(=)
2022-01-18
1,115,585(+5,767)6,035(=)
2022-01-19
1,122,428(+6,843)6,087(+52)
2022-01-20
1,127,951(+5,523)6,087(=)
2022-01-21
1,134,548(+6,597)6,087(=)
2022-01-22
1,141,237(+6,689)6,087(=)
2022-01-23
1,145,968(+4,731)6,087(=)
2022-01-24
1,149,660(+3,692)6,087(=)
2022-01-25
1,153,666(+4,006)6,087(=)
2022-01-26
1,159,271(+5,605)6,136(+49)
2022-01-27
1,164,536(+5,265)6,136(=)
2022-01-28
1,169,645(+5,109)6,136(=)
2022-01-29
1,174,736(+5,091)6,136(=)
2022-01-30
1,179,136(+4,400)6,136(=)
2022-01-31
1,183,008(+3,872)6,136(=)
2022-02-01
1,187,216(+4,208)6,136(=)
2022-02-02
1,193,156(+5,940)6,228(+92)
2022-02-03
1,199,217(+6,061)6,228(=)
2022-02-04
1,205,914(+6,697)6,228(=)
2022-02-05
1,212,174(+6,260)6,228(=)
2022-02-06
1,217,107(+4,933)6,228(=)
2022-02-07
1,221,082(+3,975)6,228(=)
2022-02-08
1,224,862(+3,780)6,228(=)
2022-02-09
1,230,539(+5,677)6,291(+63)
2022-02-10
1,236,188(+5,649)6,291(=)
2022-02-11
1,242,806(+6,618)6,291(=)
2022-02-12
1,247,746(+4,940)6,291(=)
2022-02-13
1,247,746(=)6,291(=)
2022-02-14
1,247,746(=)6,291(=)
2022-02-15
1,250,039(+4,160)6,390(+17)
2022-02-16
1,255,303(+5,264)6,399(+9)
2022-02-17
1,260,329(+5,026)6,402(+3)
2022-02-18
1,265,124(+4,795)6,417(+15)
2022-02-19
1,269,954(+4,830)6,417(=)
2022-02-20
1,273,305(+3,351)6,417(=)
2022-02-21
1,276,778(+3,473)6,443(+26)
2022-02-22
1,280,058(+3,280)6,452(+9)
2022-02-23
1,284,179(+4,121)6,460(+8)
2022-02-24
1,287,908(+3,729)6,471(+11)
2022-02-25
1,292,212(+4,304)6,475(+4)
2022-02-26
1,295,807(+3,595)6,475(=)
2022-02-27
1,298,145(+2,338)6,475(=)
2022-02-28
1,300,422(+2,277)6,497(+22)
2022-03-01
1,303,720(+3,298)6,508(+11)
2022-03-02
1,307,062(+3,342)6,521(+13)
2022-03-03
1,311,105(+4,043)6,527(+6)
2022-03-04
1,315,100(+3,995)6,531(+4)
Sources: various news sources and state health department websites. See Timeline articles for sources.

Notes:

  1. ^ a b c d e f Adjusted to include backlogged cases initially announced on 2020-04-10 based on the HSE operations updates.
  2. ^ The large increase in the death count on 2020-04-24 is due to the new inclusion of "probable" deaths, where a lab test has not been done, but a doctor believes the death is due to COVID-19.
  3. ^ The large increase in the cases count on 2020-05-14 is due to a reporting backlog from Mater Hospital, Dublin.
  4. ^ The large increase in the cases count on 2020-07-30 is due to a cluster at a dog food factory in Naas, Kildare and in cases related to the construction industry.
  5. ^ a b The large increases in the cases counts on 2020-08-07 and 2020-08-08 is due to a number of clusters and outbreaks in counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly resulting in the announcement of a three-week regional lockdown for the three counties.
  6. ^ The large increase in the cases count on 2020-08-15 is due to multiple clusters and outbreaks with secondary spread of disease in all provinces of Ireland.
  7. ^ The large increase in the cases count on 2020-12-05 is due to a technical issue that delayed uploading of laboratory results to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).
  8. ^ a b c d e f g The large increases in the cases counts from 2021-01-02 to 2021-01-08 is due to a reporting backlog of positive tests since Christmas that delayed formal reporting.
  9. ^ As a result of the Health Service Executive cyberattack, COVID-19 figures from 2021-05-15 to 2021-06-16 are unavailable.

First Wave

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), a group within the Department of Health, began monitoring the spread of the virus before it was confirmed to have reached Ireland.[53] The National Public Health Emergency Team—a subgroup of NPHET chaired by Dr Cillian de Gascun, the UCD-based Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory – met for the first time on 5 February in Dublin.[54][55]

On 27 February, the first case on the island of Ireland was announced—a woman from Belfast who had travelled from Northern Italy through Dublin Airport.[56] Two days later, on 29 February, the first confirmed case in the Republic of Ireland was announced involving a male student from the east of the country, who had arrived there from Northern Italy.[6][57][58] Authorities shut a secondary school linked to the case as a precautionary measure.[57][59]

On 11 March, an elderly patient in Naas General Hospital in County Kildare (south-west of the country's capital city, Dublin) became Ireland's first fatality from the virus.[60]

On 12 March, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the closure of all schools, colleges and childcare facilities until 29 March.[9] The announcement came one day after the World Health Organization formally declared the outbreak a pandemic.[61]

On 15 March, the Government ordered bars and public houses to close and advised against house parties.[62]

On 27 March, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced a national stay-at-home order with a series of measures which he summed up as: "Stay at Home".[63] The measures, which coincided with an escalating death toll, were also a response to increased reliance on intensive care units (ICUs) to treat critically ill patients, and an attempt to lower this number before capacity was reached.[64]

On 15 April, a 23-year-old became Ireland's youngest person to die with the virus at the time.[65]

On 16 April, the National Public Health Emergency Team reported that lockdown and other measures had driven the growth rate of the pandemic "as low as it needs to be" and was "close to zero".[25]

On 1 May, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the extension of the current restrictions to 18 May at the earliest.[66] A roadmap to easing restrictions in Ireland that included five stages was adopted by the government and subsequently published online.[67][68] COVID-19 restrictions began to be eased from Monday 18 May.[69]

On 7 July, the Health Service Executive (HSE) released the COVID Tracker contact tracing app that uses ENS and Bluetooth technology to record if a user is in close contact with another user, by exchanging anonymous codes, with over one million downloads within two days after its launch.[70]

Second Wave

On 7 August, Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced a series of measures for counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly following significant increases of COVID-19 cases in the three counties.[29]

On 15 September, the Government announced a medium-term plan for living with COVID-19 that included five levels of restrictions.[71]

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Resilience and recovery 2020-2021: Plan for living with COVID-19, announced on 15 September 2020.

On 4 October, following an increase in cases, the National Public Health Emergency Team recommended the highest level of restrictions for the entire country – Level 5 for four weeks.[72] The Government rejected NPHET's recommendation, and instead moved every county in Ireland to Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions with improved enforcement and indoor dining in pubs and restaurants banned.[73]

After 1,205 cases—the highest number of confirmed cases recorded in a single day since 10 April—was confirmed by the Department of Health on 15 October,[74] on 16 October, NPHET recommended the Government to move the entire country to Level 5 restrictions for six weeks.[75]

On 19 October, the Government agreed to move the entire country to Level 5 lockdown restrictions.[30]

COVID-19 restrictions began to be eased from 1 December, with the reopening of all non-essential retail shops, hair and beauty providers, gyms and leisure centres, cinemas, museums and galleries,[76] while thousands of restaurants, cafés, gastropubs and hotel restaurants reopened three days later.[77]

Third Wave

On 21 December, the Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group Philip Nolan announced that a third wave of COVID-19 in Ireland was clearly underway.[78]

On 22 December, the Government agreed to move the entire country to Level 5 lockdown restrictions with a number of adjustments from Christmas Eve until 12 January 2021 at the earliest.[79][80]

On Christmas Day, Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan confirmed that the new Alpha variant of COVID-19 had been detected in the Republic of Ireland by whole genome sequencing at the National Virus Reference Laboratory in University College Dublin.[81] By week 2 of 2021, the variant had become the dominant strain in Ireland.[82]

On 30 December, the Government agreed to move the entire country to full Level 5 lockdown restrictions from midnight until 31 January 2021 at the earliest.[83][84]

On 31 December, a further 1,620 cases and 12 deaths were reported, bringing the end of 2020 totals to 91,779 cases and 2,237 deaths.[85]

On 2 January 2021, it was revealed that there were approximately 9,000 positive COVID-19 tests not yet logged on the HSE's IT systems, due to both limitations in the software; and lack of staff to check and input details, meaning there is an effective ceiling of approximately 1,700 to 2,000 cases that can be logged each day.[86][87]

On 6 January, COVID-19 restrictions were re-imposed statewide, which included the closure of schools.[88]

On 8 January, the Beta variant of COVID-19 arrived in Ireland.[89]

On 30 January, Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan announced that more cases had been confirmed in one month than throughout 2020 with over 1,000 deaths and more than 100,000 cases confirmed in January.[90]

On 31 January, a further 1,247 cases and 15 deaths were reported, bringing the totals to 196,547 cases and 3,307 deaths.[91]

On 10 February, the World Health Organization praised Ireland's recovery from the third wave of COVID-19 but warned of the danger of a fourth wave.[92]

On 23 February, the Government published its new revised Living with COVID-19 plan, which included the phased reopening of schools and childcare and the extension of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme.[93]

On 28 February, Ireland officially marked one year since the first case of COVID-19 in the country was confirmed on 29 February 2020.[94] A further 612 cases and 6 deaths were reported, bringing the end of February totals to 219,592 cases and 4,319 deaths.[95]

COVID-19 restrictions began to be eased throughout the summer, despite the arrival of the Delta variant in June.[96][97] By 24 June, 210 cases of the Delta variant had been detected in Ireland.[98]

On 29 June, due to the rapidly increasing incidence of the Delta variant, the Government announced that the planned reopening of indoor dining and drinking in restaurants and pubs on 5 July would be delayed until at least 19 July when a system to verify vaccination or immunity would be implemented, while 50 guests would be permitted to attend wedding celebrations as an exception from July.[99]

Cases increased again in July, which was caused by the Delta variant.[100]

People who were awaiting full vaccination were urged to "take every precaution", with the highest cases among the 16–34 age cohorts, a significant shift from previous waves.[101] On 17 July, a further 1,377 cases were reported, the highest recorded in six months.[102]

Despite the increasing cases, the Government agreed that indoor dining in pubs and restaurants could resume on Monday 26 July for fully vaccinated and COVID-19 recovered people, after President Michael D. Higgins signed the legislation underpinning new guidelines into law.[103]

On 14 September, Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan warned that new COVID-19 restrictions could not be ruled out and "may be required in the future", despite very high levels of COVID-19 vaccine uptake.[104]

Fourth Wave

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Daily cases began to surge again in October. A further 2,002 cases were reported on 8 October.[105]

Remaining COVID-19 restrictions, including the reopening of nightclubs and requirements on social distancing, mask wearing and vaccination certificates, were due to be eased on 22 October.[106]

On 19 October, the Government announced that nightclubs were allowed to reopen on 22 October, but vaccination certificates, social distancing and mask wearing measures would remain in place.[107] A further 2,399 cases were reported, the highest daily number since 22 January.[108] On the day nightclubs reopened,[109] a further 2,466 cases were reported, the highest daily number since 21 January.[110]

On 11 November, a 14-year-old teenager became Ireland's youngest person to die with COVID-19.[111] 5,483 cases were reported the next day.[112] A further 5,959 cases were reported on 20 November.[113]

On 27 November, the NPHET Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group began meeting to monitor the Omicron variant situation in Europe, and began considering further required measures.[114]

On 30 November, a further 5,471 cases were reported, bringing the totals to 570,115 cases and 5,652 deaths.[115]

On 1 December, the Omicron variant arrived in Ireland.[116] On 3 December, COVID-19 restrictions were re-imposed amid concerns of the Omicron variant, with nightclubs to close, bars and restaurants to revert to six adults per table and no multiple table bookings allowed, indoor cultural and sporting events to operate at 50% capacity, a maximum of four households allowed to meet indoors and the requirement of vaccination certificates extended to gyms, leisure centres and hotel bars.[117]

On 9 December, health officials announced that five further cases of the Omicron variant had been detected, bringing to six the total number of cases that had been identified in Ireland following whole genome sequencing.[118] On 12 December, four additional cases of the variant were detected, bringing to 10 the total number of cases that had been identified.[119] Cases of the Omicron variant continued to increase rapidly.[120]

Fifth Wave

On 15 December, Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan urged people to take precautions to avoid being in isolation for Christmas.[121]

A fifth wave of COVID-19 had arrived in Ireland on 19 December, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.[122]

Further COVID-19 restrictions were imposed on 20 December for the Christmas period, with an 8pm closing time for bars, restaurants, live events, cinemas and theatres.[123] A further 7,333 cases were reported the next day, the highest number reported since early January.[124] On 19 December, the Omicron variant became Ireland's dominant variant after it was confirmed that 52% of cases were now due to the variant.[125]

On Christmas Day, a record 13,765 cases were reported,[126] while a further 16,428 cases were reported on 29 December. Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan expressed concern and stated that "every individual should consider themselves potentially infectious".[127] A record 20,554 cases were reported the next day, as it was confirmed that 92% of cases were now due to the Omicron variant.[128] Holohan urged people to keep social contacts low and not to hold household gatherings on New Year's Eve, while Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced new advice on COVID-19 testing and the period of isolation.[129]

On 31 December, a further 20,110 cases were reported, bringing the end of 2021 totals to 788,559 cases and 5,912 deaths.[130] On New Year's Day, 23,281 cases were recorded, as health officials warned that the true number of cases was likely to be higher, due to increased pressure on the PCR testing system.[131] On 8 January, a record 26,122 cases were reported – the highest daily number reported since the pandemic began.[132] By 10 January, 1,000,000 total cases had been confirmed, with more cases recorded in the first five days of 2022 than in the whole of 2020.[133]

Cases fell sharply after the 8 January peak, and on 21 January, Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the easing of almost all COVID-19 restrictions, with the requirements of vaccine certificates and social distancing to end, restrictions on household visits and capacity limits for indoor and outdoor events to end, nightclubs to reopen and pubs and restaurants to resume normal trading times, while rules on isolation and the wearing of masks in certain settings would remain.[43] Remaining restrictions were agreed to be removed from 28 February, with mask wearing in schools, indoor retail settings and on public transport to be voluntary, restrictions in schools to end and testing to be scaled back,[134] while it was agreed that the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) be disbanded.[135]

Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccination in the Republic of Ireland began on 29 December 2020.[136][137] Annie Lynch, a 79-year-old woman, became the first person in the Republic of Ireland to receive the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at St. James's Hospital, Dublin,[138][38][139] and received the second dose three weeks later on Tuesday 19 January 2021.[140]

Maura Byrne, a 95-year-old woman, became the first nursing home resident in the Republic of Ireland to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on 5 January 2021,[141] while Dr Eavan Muldoon, an infectious diseases consultant, became the first healthcare worker in the Mater University Hospital to receive the vaccine.[142]

By the end of January, three effective vaccines of Pfizer–BioNTech, Moderna and Oxford–AstraZeneca were in use in Ireland.

By 10 September, 90% of adults in Ireland were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.[143]

Ireland's vaccination rollout has been praised as one of the most successful rollouts in the world and was ranked number one in the European Union in terms of its percentage of adult population fully vaccinated,[144]

A booster programme began in late September.[145]

As of 3 March 2022, 10,620,191 vaccine doses have been administered, of which 4,054,930 people have received at least one dose, 3,736,467 have received their second dose and 2,828,794 have received a third or booster dose.[5]

Testing

The developing and delivering of testing of Ireland was led by the staff in the National Virus Reference Laboratory. With the acquisition of the sequence of the virus, they used this to develop and validate in-house assays in advance of obtaining any commercial diagnostic kits. The NVRL played a vital role in the early detection of COVID-19 cases in Ireland,[146] and began playing a vital role in the detection of new variants of COVID-19 in 2021.

Cases

Impacts

Economic

Like most countries in the world, the pandemic's emergence and the lockdowns it led to deeply impacted the Irish economy, causing it to plunge into a recession. While there were job losses in all sectors primarily due to stay-at-home orders, individuals working in tourism, hospitality, food and retail were most likely to be affected.

A COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and a Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme were set up.

Social

The social impact of the pandemic had far-reaching consequences in the country that went beyond the spread of the disease itself and efforts to quarantine it, including political, religious, educational, artistic and sporting.

The 2020 Leaving Certificate, 2020–2021 Junior Certificate and all 2020–2021 Irish language summer courses in the Gaeltacht were cancelled.[147][148][149] The 2020 Dublin Horse Show was cancelled, the first time since 1940 that the event did not occur.[150] The Tidy Towns competition was cancelled for the first time in its 62-year history.[151] The Rose of Tralee was cancelled for the first time in its 61-year history. The 2020 National Ploughing Championships and Ballinasloe Horse Fair also did not take place. The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship were completed in December in between the second and third waves of the virus to hit Ireland, maintaining their record of having been held annually since 1887.

Gallery

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Includes Omicron sublineages
  2. ^ Includes Delta sublineages

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There was a dramatic change yesterday [14 March 2020] as many restaurants in the city, especially on the north side of the Liffey, decided to close. I was actually in the Mieko King 101 Capel Street when the made the decision. It was a sad day as I know that it is going be difficult for the staff and it is likely that some of the restaurants will not reopen.

Today in Ireland there were 40 new cased bringing the total to 169. There were 11 new cases in Northern Ireland

[UPDATE] The Irish government has called on pubs and bars to close from Sunday to help tackle coronavirus. The request to close pubs until 29 March followed discussions with industry representatives who outlined the difficulty of implementing social distancing while pubs remain open. The government also asked people not to hold house parties, as doing so "would put other peoples' health at risk".
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This image shows a table of COVID-19 restrictions in the Republic of Ireland, under the Government's "Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021 - Plan for Living with COVID-19". This table was made and published on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Ireland Wikipedia page on 27 October 2020.
Electronic traffic sign, ahead of Saint Patrick's Day 2021, urging people to stay-at-home.jpg
Author/Creator: Ear-phone, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
Electronic traffic sign, ahead of Saint Patrick's Day 2021, urging people to stay-at-home as part of Level 5 COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
HSE COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Record Card.jpg
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Health Service Executive COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Record Card