Covid-19: 219 new cases & 2 dead in ROI

The Department of Health has announced 219 new cases of Covid-19, and the death of two patients diagnosed with Covid-19. Both patients were male and in the east of the country. There have now been 6 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

There are now 1,125 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan, said: “We understand the anxiety this outbreak may be causing people. All aspects of our public health advice are constantly reviewed by the National Public Health Emergency Team and we will not hesitate to take more measures where necessary, based on epidemiological evidence and in proportion with Ireland’s experience of this outbreak.

 “The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again tomorrow morning, where we will continue to review Ireland’s response and make further recommendations where appropriate.”

Data released by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre reveals that:

  • 55% of cases are male and 44% are female
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 44 years
  • 239 cases (29%) have been hospitalised
  • 208 cases (25%) are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 471, (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 104 cases (12%)
  • Community transmission accounts for 45%, close contact accounts for 23%, travel abroad accounts for 31%

Research conducted by the Department of Health shows that more than 93% of the population are washing their hands more often as a result of Covid-19.

The online survey, which surveyed 1,270 adults, was conducted today and the Department said that it will be conducted twice weekly.

The results show that over 80% of respondents are staying home instead of going out and practicing social distance in a queue.

  • 71% of respondents say they are sitting further apart from others.
  • 75% are confident they would know what steps to take if they developed symptoms and 90% know the two most common symptoms (fever and/or cough).

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health; “The key response that every individual can make if they are experiencing symptoms is to self isolate. While we continue to increase testing in Ireland, in line with WHO guidelines, the most important action that can be taken against this virus is isolation and social distancing.”

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