Over 100 coronavirus cases now confirmed in Cork; Two more deaths in east of country

Over 100 coronavirus cases now confirmed in Cork; Two more deaths in east of country
People in cars being checked in for coronavirus covid-19 testing at Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

The number of coronavirus cases in Cork has risen to 104, while two more deaths have been recorded in the East of the country.

That brings to six the number of deaths related to the virus in Ireland.

Meanwhile, as of lunchtime today, there were 219 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Ireland, bringing the total number of cases to 1,125.

The data released today shows that Dublin has the highest number of cases at 471, followed by Cork with 104 cases.

55% of cases in Ireland are male and 44% are female, while the median age of confirmed cases in 44 years.

239 cases have been hospitalised, and of those 25 have been admitted to ICU.

25% of cases are associated with healthcare workers.

People in cars being checked in for coronavirus covid-19 testing at Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
People in cars being checked in for coronavirus covid-19 testing at Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We understand the anxiety this outbreak may be causing people. 

"All aspects of our public health advice are constantly reviewed by the National Public Health Emergency Team and we will not hesitate to take more measures where necessary, based on epidemiological evidence and in proportion with Ireland’s experience of this outbreak.

“The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again tomorrow morning, where we will continue to review Ireland’s response and make further recommendations where appropriate.” 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health; “The key response that every individual can make if they are experiencing symptoms is to self isolate. While we continue to increase testing in Ireland, in line with WHO guidelines, the most important action that can be taken against this virus is isolation and social distancing.” 

Meanwhile, an online survey of 1,270 people conducted today reveals that 88% are staying home rather than going out, 84% of people say they are practicing social distancing in queues, and 71% of people say they are sitting further apart from others.

75% of people surveyed are confident they would know what steps to take if they developed symptoms and 90% know the two most common symptoms of COVID-19 which are a fever and/or cough.

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