New report on COVID-19 in Ireland in cases aged 0-18 years published


A new epidemiological report on COVID-19 in cases aged 0-18 has been published this week.

Between March 1st 2020 and May 8th 2021, a total of 38,948 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 0-18 year old population were notified on CIDR:

  • 8,242 (3%) of these cases were pre-school aged children (aged 0-4 years)
  • 14,327 (6%) were primary school aged children (aged 5-12 years)
  • 16,379 (6.5%) were secondary school aged children (aged 13-18 years)

This represents 3.1% of the 0-18 population in Ireland and 15.4% of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ireland reported between week 10 2020 and week 18 2021.

Weekly incidence rates of COVID-19 in children aged 0-18 years

  • While there is week to week variation in the weekly incidence rate of COVID-19 by age-group, small initial increases in the weekly incidence rate of COVID-19 were noted during weeks 11-12 in children aged 0-4 years and 5-12 coinciding with the full reopening of childcare facilities and primary schools.
  • During weeks 15-17, small increases in the weekly incidence rate were seen among children aged 13-18 years, coinciding with the full reopening of secondary schools.
  • In week 18, the weekly incidence rate in each of these age groups is stable or decreased compared to week 17 and similar to that seen in the general population.
  • Among children aged 13-18 years, the weekly incidence rate since the phased reopening of schools has not exceeded the highest weekly incidence rate seen during the 2020 September-December school term.

To read the latest report in full go to: Weekly epidemiological report on COVID-19 cases aged 0-18 years in Ireland