Coronavirus: 44 more deaths announced as tally surpasses 500

Coronavirus: 44 more deaths announced as tally surpasses 500

Forty-four more people who contracted Covid-19 have died, the Department of Health have announced.

That brings the total number of deaths related to the virus to 530.

The geographic breakdown of the latest confirmed deaths are:

  • 33 deaths located in the east
  • 3 in the north-west
  • 3 in the south
  • 5 in the west

The median age of the latest reported deaths is 84, according to the National Public Health Emergency Team.

There were also 597 new confirmed cases reported by Irish labs and 112 cases from German labs.

Those tallies bring the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 13,908.

In the North, 18 people with the virus died, bringing their death toll to 176.

The total number of cases in the North is now 2,338, after another 137 were confirmed today.

Earlier, the Irish Nurse and Midwives Organisation has revealed that nearly one in 10 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland are nurses.

According to HSE figures obtained by the INMO, nurses make up 9.2% of diagnosed Covid-19 cases in the country, while healthcare workers make up more than a quarter of positive coronavirus cases tested here.

Out of the 9,599 cases diagnosed by last Saturday, 2,501 - or 26% - were healthcare workers with more than a third, 883, of them are nurses. 

    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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