Coronavirus latest: 18 more deaths; significant drop in new cases

Coronavirus latest: 18 more deaths; significant drop in new cases
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

A further 18 people diagnosed with Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in Ireland to 1,102.

As of 11am this morning, 386 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland to 19,648.

Data, as of midnight on Saturday April 25, shows a small rise in the number of cases in Cork to 1,125, up from 1,110 on Friday.

Of the 19,095 cases notified by that time, 57% are female and 42% are male, with 49 the median age of those diagnosed.

2,625 cases have been hospitalised, of which 353 have been admitted to ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health, said: “We have always made it clear that there are certain things that we need to be satisfied with prior to recommending any change in current restrictions.

“The most important one is that the incidence rate of the virus needs to be as low as possible in terms its transmission in the community and within community and residential settings. In addition, the impact of the disease on rates of mortality and hospitalisations including admissions to intensive care units also needs to be at a very low level.

“Improvements are still needed in these important measures,” he added.

Dr Siobhán Ní Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead, said: “We are very aware how difficult the current restrictions are for people and families. There are a number of supports available on and so please use these facilities and contact your GP if you are very stressed.”

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