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Screenshot from Oireachtas TV of Chief medical officer Tony Holohan appearing before the special Covid-19 committee at Leinster House in Dublin. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 19, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus Ireland Testing. Photo credit should read: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire.
Screenshot from Oireachtas TV of Chief medical officer Tony Holohan appearing before the special Covid-19 committee at Leinster House in Dublin. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 19, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus Ireland Testing. Photo credit should read: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire.
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Covid-19 latest: 16 deaths and 51 new cases confirmed

A further 16 people have died from Covid-19 the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) confirmed.

There have now been a total of 1,561 deaths in Ireland from Covd-19.

51 new cases were also confirmed today.

In total there are 24,251 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight on Sunday May 17, when 24,176 cases were confirmed, revealed that Cork has the third highest number of cases with 1,372 cases. Dublin has the highest number of cases with 11, 759 and Kildare has the second-highest with 1,379.

57% of cases are female and 43% are male and the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years.

A total of 3,143 cases have been hospitalised. Of those hospitalised, 390 cases have been admitted to ICU and 7,661 cases are associated with healthcare workers.

As of midnight on Monday, May 18,a total of 295,626 tests have been carried out.

Over the past week, 36,818 tests were carried out and of these 932 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 2.5%.

Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan, said: “The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again this week. 

"Given the decreasing positivity rate and that testing capacity has been expanded, we will be examining the case definition further," he said.