22 more deaths due to Covid-19 announced

22 more deaths due to Covid-19 announced
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, right and Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, pictured this evening at a Covid -19 update press conference at the Department of Health.....Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The Department of Health has confirmed the death of a further 22 patients diagnosed with Covid-19.

There have now been 120 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Of the 22 patients who have died, 11 are female and 11 are male. 16 of the patients were reported as having underlying health conditions.

18 of the patients were from the east, three from the south and one from the west of the country.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 424 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4,273 in the Republic.

The HSE is now working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Today’s data from HPSC, as of midnight on April 1, when 3,655 cases were confirmed, reveals that Cork has the second-highest number of confirmed cases with 292 confirmed cases, 8% of all cases.

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 2,077, 57% of all cases.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We are concerned with the number of clusters identified in nursing homes. We have identified a range of measures, working with the HSE. We need to see continuous actions being taken to reduce the risk of transmission in nursing home and long-term residential facilities.”

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