17 more deaths and 331 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland

17 more deaths and 331 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer

Another 17 patients diagnosed with Covid-19 have died in Ireland, bringing the overall death toll to 137, the HSE said.

There have now been 137 coronavirus related deaths in the country.

The median age of Irish deaths is 81.

  • 15 deaths located in the east, 1 in the south, 1 in the west of the country
  • The patients included 4 females and 13 males
  • 13 patients were reported as having underlying health conditions
  • The median age of today’s reported deaths is 77

There were also 331 new cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.

There are now 4,604 confirmed cases in Ireland.

The Health Service Executive is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 2,251 (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 304 cases (8%).

Today's data reveals:

  • 48% are male and 52% are female, with 206 clusters involving 838 cases
  • Median age of confirmed cases is 48 yearsv
  • 1,118 cases (28%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 158 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 1,084 cases (27%) are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 2,251 (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 304 cases (8%)
  • Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 62%, close contact accounts for 24%, travel abroad accounts for 14%

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “This week, the National Public Health Emergency Team made a range of recommendations to support the response in nursing homes and long-term residential facilities to COVID-19.

"This remains a priority for our focused attention and we will continue to monitor the rate of infection within these environments and support the sector through this outbreak.

“The nationwide, collective effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 has been inspiring. We must keep up this effort, continue to protect the vulnerable in our society and ultimately flatten the curve.”

    Useful information
  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
  • GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

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