33 more deaths, 553 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland

The Department of Health has announced that 33 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died. 30 deaths were located in the east, 3 in the west of the country. The people included 14 females and 19 males.

The median age of today’s deaths is 82 and 25 people were reported as having underlying health conditions.

There have now been 320 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

The Department also announced an additional 553 confirmed cases reported by Irish laboratories, and an additional 286 confirmed cases reported by a laboratory in Germany.

With the latest German figures included, there are now a total of 8,928 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Today’s data reveals:

· 45% are male and 54% are female, with 356 clusters involving 1,626 cases

· the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years

· 1,718 cases (22%) have been hospitalised

· Of those hospitalised, 253 cases have been admitted to ICU

· 2,141 cases are associated with healthcare workers

· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 4,156 (53% of all cases) followed by Cork with 581 cases (8%)

· Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 66%, close contact accounts for 26%, travel abroad accounts for 8%

Dr. Tony Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer at Department of Health, said; “Today’s figure of 553 represents the largest number of new cases reported in a single day since the start of the outbreak.
“This should remind everyone of the importance of hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing. These are the actions to suppress this infection. We need to continue with them.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, said; “Earlier today a mental health and wellbeing initiative to support the mental health needs of the public through this pandemic was announced by Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD.

“It is very important that people know they are not alone during this time. This campaign will be about uniting all of us, staying connected and insuring we get through this together. More information is available at gov.ie/together.”

Luke O'Farrell

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