295 new Covid-19 cases; infection claims eight more lives; 217 cases in Cork

295 new Covid-19 cases; infection claims eight more lives; 217 cases in Cork
Pictured Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan at the Department of Health at the nightly statement from the National Public Health Emergency team, in the Department of Health, Dublin. There have been 295confirmed new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland today, for a total of 2,475 cases confirmed cases. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

A further 295 cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed in Ireland, bringing the total to 2,910.

There have been an additional eight deaths - five females and three males, bringing the total number of deaths in Ireland to 54.

Of those eight, one was in the South of the country, with one in the West and six in the East. Of those, six had underlying health conditions, and the median age of the deaths was 86.

Newly published data, as of Saturday evening shows that of the 2,475 confirmed cases, 217, or 9% were in Cork. Dublin had the highest proportion of cases with 56%.

Of the 2,475 cases on Saturday, 645 were hospitalised, with 84 having been admitted to ICU. 578 of the total number of cases were healthcare workers.

Reassurances were also made at the Department of Health’s briefing on Monday evening that any of the testing centres that were closed over the weekend, including Páirc Uí Chaoimh, will be reopened, as there should now be a continuous supply of testing kits.

The HSE’s Clinical Lead Dr Colm Henry said that there was a challenge on the supply of testing kits, but that has been rectified.

Meanwhile, in a survey conducted concerning the recently announced Government measures, 89% of people said that they were happy with the new measures that have been put in place, 94% are confident they can adhere to the measures, while 85% are already adapting their behaviour.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “We will want to lift these measures as soon as we reasonably can. We won’t recommend the lifting of these measures any point earlier than is responsible to do so.”

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