Coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland rise above 600

Coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland rise above 600
Picture Denis Minihane.

THERE have been 39 new deaths in Ireland relating to the coronavirus, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

The centre has been notified today of 37 deaths in the east, and two in the west of the country.

There have been no new deaths in the south relating to the virus.

Today's recorded deaths include 19 females and 20 males, with the median age being 84 years old. 29 people were reported as having underlying health conditions.

A statement from the Department of Health said: "There have now been 610 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland."

A summary of all 610 deaths provided by the HPSC shows that - 

· 346 (57%) of those who died were male, 264 (43%) were female

 · The age range is 23 - 105 years

 · The median age of those who died is 83

 · 337 of these cases were admitted to hospital with 46 admitted to ICU.

Meanwhile, as of 11.15am this morning, an additional 445 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported by Irish laboratories, as well as an additional 48 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by a laboratory in Germany. 

This brings to 15,251 the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Friday, 17 April (14,602 cases) reveals:

· The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years · 2,223 cases (15%) have been hospitalised · Of those hospitalised, 303 cases have been admitted to ICU · 3,788 cases are associated with healthcare workers · Dublin has the highest number of cases at 7,379 (51% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,028 cases (7%) · Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 63%, close contact accounts for 32%, travel abroad accounts for 5%

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