Latest Covid-19 figures: 43 more deaths and 359 new cases

Latest Covid-19 figures: 43 more deaths and 359 new cases
Day 34 Lockdown. Department of Health press briefing. 43 more deaths and 359 more cases. Pictured are Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer 

Another 43 people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland and 359 new cases have been confirmed as experts say they are reluctant to see a relaxation of measures.

There have now been a total of 1,232 coronavirus related deaths in Ireland and there is a total of 20,612 confirmed cases in Ireland.

The figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre reveals that of the 20,111 cases, 58% are female and 42% are male and the median age of confirmed cases is 49 years.

From these cases, 2,706 cases (13%) have been hospitalised and of those hospitalised, 360 cases have been admitted to ICU.

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 9,967 (50% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,193 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,146 cases (6%).

5,684 cases are associated with healthcare workers.

Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “The latest report of COVID-19 cases in healthcare workers reveals that 34% of cases relate to nurses, healthcare assistants amount to 24% and cases among doctors is at 7%.

“Since the pandemic began in Ireland 72 nurses, 40 healthcare assistants, 22 doctors and 45 other allied healthcare workers have been hospitalised with Covid-19.” Department of Health Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said: “Healthcare workers place themselves at risk every day during this pandemic. Supporting them and doing everything possible to protect them in their work is a priority not just for NPHET and the HSE, but society at large. The willingness of people to stay home and follow public health advice has been instrumental in this effort.” Chair of NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group Professor Philip Nolan said: “To understand the importance of our next steps we should look back to the pattern of the epidemic at the beginning of March.

“Within 10 days we went from 50 people in ICU to 140 people in ICU. Currently, there are 106 patients in ICU. If a similar surge occurred on top of our current ICU figure, we would find it very difficult to manage the treatment of patients. This reflects the sensitivity required in relaxing restrictions.”

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