Covid-19 latest: 16 more deaths and a reminder to the public to stay at home where possible 

Covid-19 latest: 16 more deaths and a reminder to the public to stay at home where possible 
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There have been another 16 deaths from Covid-19 in Ireland in the past 24 hours. That brings the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the Republic of Ireland to 1,518.

An additional 129 new confirmed cases have been reported by laboratories. There are now 23,956 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, reminded the public that although some restrictions are easing on Monday, the 'core message' remains the same. 

"‘Stay at home’ where possible and follow public health behaviours to limit the spread; hand washing, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing," he said. “I urge everyone to remember how easily this virus can spread, how quickly we could lose the progress that the country has worked so hard to achieve.” 

Dr Siobhan Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead, said: “These past weeks have been particularly difficult for those who have been cocooning from family, friends and society. Today, I hope new measures will bring some relief to this group and that they know we as a society are supporting them wherever possible, including by adopting safe behaviours in physical distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.”

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Wednesday 13th May (23,627 cases), reveals:

· 57% are female and 42% are male 

· the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years 

· 3,062 cases (13%) have been hospitalised 

· Of those hospitalised, 387 cases have been admitted to ICU 

· 7,427 cases are associated with healthcare workers 

· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,557 (49% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,352 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,256 cases (5%) 

· Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 60%, close contact accounts for 37%, travel abroad accounts for 3%

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