There are over 3,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland.
This includes 2,615 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland, where there have been 46 deaths from the virus.
Yesterday's data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) revealed:
- 51% are male and 48% are female, with 103 clusters involving 379 cases
- the median age of confirmed cases is 47 years
- 564 cases (26%) have been hospitalised
- of those hospitalised, 77 cases have been admitted to ICU
- 506 cases are associated with healthcare workers
- Dublin has the highest number of cases at 1,233 (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 208 cases (9%)
- of those for whom transmission status is known, community transmission accounts for 51%, close contact accounts for 24%, travel abroad accounts for 25%
Meanwhile, the fightback against the virus continues, with huge efforts ongoing right across the health services and other State departments.
The efforts include:
- Ten flights delivering personal protection equipment (PPE) in the coming days. The first landed yesterday afternoon
- These will bring 1.6m masks, 400,000 eye protections, 256,000 gowns, and 254,000 gloves
- The HSE has secured 34m masks, 24m eye protections, 24m gowns and 50m gloves, the equivalent of 15 year’s purchasing
- 5,000 people being tested every day
- More than 33,000 people tested since March 16
- 10,700 people waiting for a test
- More than 4,000 waiting for a test appointment
- 60,000 more test kits secured by HSE, expecting another 100,000 each week
- 46 testing centres now operational, with six more coming on stream next week
- Private hospitals will bring 2,000 beds, 100 critical care beds, significant nursing and other staff, 200 ventilators, 500 consultants
- 66,500 people applied to the On Call for Ireland process. Already, 263 nurses and 63 doctors contracts being finalised, and 5,000 student nurses and 1,100 medical interns are being brought forward
- 1,400 people trained in contact tracing; 4,000 people will be tracing in “the next few weeks”