COVID 19: 23 more people have died, 211 new cases reported

COVID 19: 23 more people have died, 211 new cases reported

Twenty-three more people with COVID-19 have died, while 211 new cases of the disease have been reported.Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Twenty-three more people with COVID-19 have died, while 211 new cases of the disease have been reported.

This evening (Tuesday, May 5th), the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) confirmed that the total number of people with COVID-19 who have died is now 1,339 while the total number of cases now stands at 21,983.

An analysis of data relating to the 1,339 people who have died shows that 542 people died in a hospital setting, with 65 in intensive care.

A total of 1,147 people had an underlying condition.

New data released this evening shows that 370 people have been admitted to intensive care units since the beginning of the outbreak, with 90 people remaining in intensive care.

It was also revealed that as of midnight Monday 4 May, 214,761 COVID-19 tests have been carried out.

Over the past week, 61,707 tests were carried out and of these 2,280 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 3.7 per cent.

Dr. Cillian De Gascun, Chair of the NPHET Expert Advisory Group, said; “The positivity rate reducing is a good sign. Combined with the high level of testing we are now undertaking, this gives us confidence that we are on a path towards suppression of the disease.” 

The National Public Health Emergency Team met today (Tuesday 5 May) to continue its ongoing review of Ireland’s response to COVID-19.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “As Ireland works to ease restrictions, it is crucial that we preserve the progress our country has made in recent weeks.

“This is a highly infectious disease. It thrives in crowds. It has the potential to rapidly spread to levels that our health service will find difficult to respond to.

“While we plan how to safely emerge from recent restrictions, none of us should forget that the virus is still in our community. Those who get infected have the same risk of serious illness as they did at the beginning of this pandemic.”

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