38 more people with COVID-19 have died, 1,068 additional cases

38 more people with COVID-19 have died, 1,068 additional cases
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health at a Covid -19 update press conference at the Department of Health.....Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Thirty-eight more people with COVID-19 in Ireland have died, while more than 1,000 additional cases of COVID-19 have been reported here.

This evening (Wednesday, April 15th), the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) said it had been notified that 38 more patients with COVID-19 have died, bringing the total number of people with COVID-19 in Ireland who have died to 444.

Twenty-nine of these latest deaths were notified in the east of the country, six in the west of the country, and three in the south of the country.

NPHET said it had been notified of an additional 657 cases from Irish laboratories and an additional 411 cases from the German laboratory.

A total of 12,547 cases of COVID-19 have now been reported in Ireland.

An analysis of data up to Monday night, which related to 11,261 cases nationally, shows that 829 cases have now been reported in Cork.

A total of 1,968 cases (18%) nationally have been hospitalised, and of these people, 280 cases have been admitted to ICU.

A total of 2,872 cases are associated with healthcare workers.

The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We are continuing to monitor the course of this disease across a range of indicators – not only in the number of confirmed cases and deaths reported but also through hospital and ICU admissions, clusters and patterns of transmission.

“While a number of these parameters are going in a positive direction, it is clear that we need to keep going in our efforts, on an individual level, to limit the spread of this virus.” 

Dr Siobhan Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead, pointed out that there are still concerning reports that attendance to emergency departments is unusually low. 

“This concerns us. Everyone should continue to seek medical intervention if concerned about their health. Do not ignore symptoms of illness because of fear of contracting COVID-19 or fear of imposition on healthcare staff. The health service is there for everyone and all medical concerns.”

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