Covid-19: 59 additional deaths and 229 new cases

The Department of Health has annnounced 59 people diagnosed with Covid-19 have died, as well as 229 new cases.

The newly announced figures brings the total death toll to 1,159 and the total of confirmed cases to 19,877.

As of midnight Monday 27 April, 153,054 tests have been carried out. Over the past week, 41,470 tests were carried out and of these 5,335 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 12.9% – according to the Department.

Today’s data reveals:

·        58% are female and 42% are male

·        the median age of confirmed cases is 49 years

·        2,638 cases (14%) have been hospitalised

·        Of those hospitalised, 358 cases have been admitted to ICU

·        5,414 cases are associated with healthcare workers

·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 9,624 (50% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,147 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,126 cases (6%).

·        Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 63%, close contact accounts for 33%, travel abroad accounts for 3%.

The National Public Health Emergency Team met today (Tuesday 28 April) to determine a phased, risk-based, public health approach to inform any change to measures currently in place. It will continue to review evidence to enable the Minister for Health to make formal recommendations to Government over the coming days.

Dr. Tony Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, said: “While there are many facets to Ireland’s approach to managing the impact of COVID-19, NPHET’s primary responsibility is to consider the impact on the public’s health and to advise on measures that can limit that impact.”

Matt Garza

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