41 more Covid-19 deaths, 832 additional cases in Ireland

41 more Covid-19 deaths, 832 additional cases in Ireland
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer. 

Forty-one more people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland and 832 new cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed.

There have now been 406 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. 

Of the latest 41 people who passed away, 36 deaths were located in the east, four in the west, one in the south of the country.

The median age of today’s reported deaths is 85 and 31 people were reported as having underlying health conditions.

Of the 832 new confirmed cases, 548 were confirmed by Irish laboratories and an additional 284 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were confirmed by a laboratory in Germany.

With the latest figures from Germany included, there are now a total of 11,479 confirmed cases in Ireland, with 780 cases (8%) in Cork.

As of midnight last night, 90,646 tests have been carried out. 

Of these tests, 62,952 have been completed in Irish laboratories and 27,694 completed in a laboratory in Germany.

Over the past week, 20,468 tests were carried out in Irish laboratories and of these 4,233 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 21%.

Chair of NPHET’s Expert Advisory Group Dr Cillian De Gascun said; “Having come through a challenging few weeks, we have significantly strengthened testing capacity and will continue to do so over the coming week, to put us in a very strong position to identify and suppress the virus.” 

Today’s data from the HPSC reveals the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years. 

54% are female and 45% are male, with 408 clusters involving 1,999 cases. 

1,903 cases (18%) have been hospitalised. 

Of those hospitalised, 275 cases have been admitted to ICU. 

2,707 cases are associated with healthcare workers.

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 5,438 (52% of all cases) followed by Cork with 780 cases (8%).

Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “We remain concerned about the prevalence of Covid-19 in nursing homes and residential care settings.

“The National Public Health Emergency Team is monitoring developments in these facilities and continues to advance supports and actions where needed.

“From the beginning, we have been aware that vulnerable groups, including the elderly, are at greater risk from this virus. These groups will continue to be our priority.” 

HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer, Dr Colm Henry, said; “We are not seeing a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 positive cases in our hospitals or our ICU’s over the last number of days, and that is down to the efforts of every individual who has followed advice to stay apart and slow the spread of the virus. 

"To everyone playing their part, the health service is grateful.”

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