Covid-19 latest: 5 more deaths; 38 new cases confirmed 

Covid-19 latest: 5 more deaths; 38 new cases confirmed 
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health .Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

There have been another five deaths from Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland, bringing the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the Republic to 1,664.

An additional 38 new confirmed cases have been reported, bringing the total number of cases to 25,142.

Data from the HPSC, as of midnight on Tuesday June 2, when 25,104 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 3,311 cases have been hospitalised, of which 410 cases have been admitted to ICU. 8,025 cases are associated with healthcare workers.

Cork has the second highest number of cases with 1,521 cases, followed by Kildare with 1,419.

Dublin has the highest number of cases with a total of 12,109.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) met today to continue its review of Ireland’s response and preparedness to COVID-19.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said that “further progress” has been made throughout the month of May.

“A downward trend is evident in the number of hospitalisations, ICU admissions and reported deaths.

“Adherence to public health personal behaviours, hand washing, physical distancing, cough/sneeze etiquette, is essential in avoiding an upsurge of infection in the future,” he said.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said that it is “reassuring” to see the “vast majority” continue to work collectively to adhere to public health guidelines.

“This individual and collective action remains crucial as neither the virus nor how it transmits has changed and the vast majority of people remain susceptible,” he said.

The reproductive number is now estimated to be between 0.4 and 0.7 and the easing of restrictions in phase one has not negatively impacted the r-number, according to Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group.

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