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Pictured Speaking Chief Medical Officer Dept of Health Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
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Pictured Speaking Chief Medical Officer Dept of Health Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
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Covid-19 latest: Nine deaths and 37 new cases confirmed

Nine further deaths have occurred from Covid-19 in the Republic, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has reported.

There have now been a total 1,615 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Meanwhile, there have been 37 new confirmed cases of the virus in the State. There are now a total of 24,735 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Sunday 24 May when 24,629 cases were confirmed, revealed that 57% are female and 43% are male and the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years.

A total of 3,233 cases have been hospitalised and of those hospitalised, 395 cases have been admitted to ICU and 7,852 cases are associated with healthcare workers.

Cork has the second highest number of cases with a total of 1,440 cases, followed by Kildare which has the third highest number of cases with 1,395.

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,894.

Of those for whom transmission status is known, community transmission accounts for 59%, close contact accounts for 38%, travel abroad accounts for 3%.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan confirmed that as of midnight on Monday, May 25, a total of 325,795 tests have been carried out.

“Over the past week, 30,169 tests were carried out and of these 633 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 2.1%,” he said.

NPHET is due to meet on Thursday, May 28, where further consideration will be given to broadening the case definition.