COVID-19: A timeline of how the infection has gripped Cork and the rest of Ireland 

COVID-19: A timeline of how the infection has gripped Cork and the rest of Ireland 
Pictured are (l to r) Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn at the nightly statement from the National Public Health Emergency team, in the Department of Health, Dublin. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie
  • February 29 - Authorities confirm the first case of COVID-19 in Ireland. 
  • March 3 - A second case of COVID-19 is reported.
  • March 4 - Authorities confirm four new cases of COVID-19. 
  • March 5 - Seven new cases of COVID-19 are confirmed including the first case community transmission of the virus. This case is identified in a male patient in the south of the country and is associated with Cork University Hospital.
  • March 6 - Five new cases are confirmed in Ireland, bringing the total number of cases to 18. 
  • One of these cases is a female healthcare worker in the south of the country with close contact with a confirmed case. Two additional cases are in the south of the country.
  • March 8 - Two new cases reported including a case of community transmission identified in a male, which is associated with the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork. 21 cases have been confirmed now. 
  • March 9 - A decision is made to cancel the St Patrick’s festival.
  • March 11 - Authorities confirm that a patient diagnosed with COVID-19 has died. 43 cases have been confirmed overall. 
  • March 12 - The Taoiseach announces significant measures to tackle the outbreak including the temporary closure of schools, colleges, and universities.
  • March 14 - It is confirmed that a second person with COVID-19 has died. The total number of cases reported now exceeds 100. 
  • March 15 - Pubs advised to shut.
  • March 16 - The number of reported cases now exceeds 200. 48 cases have been reported overall Cork.
  • March 17 - 62 cases have now been reported overall in Cork. 
  • March 18 - 66 cases now reported overall in Cork.
  • March 19 - It is confirmed that a third person with COVID-19 has died. The number of cases nationally exceeds 500. 88 cases reported overall in Cork. 
  • March 20 - 101 cases overall in Cork. 
  • March 21 - 104 cases overall in Cork. 
  • March 22 - It is confirmed that a fourth person with COVID-19 has died. 123 cases have been reported in Cork overall. 
  • March 23 - Authorities confirm two patients with COVID-19 have died. The number of cases exceeds 1,000 for the first time. 133 cases have been reported in Cork overall. 
  • March 24 - Authorities report that a seventh person with COVID-19 in Ireland has died. Overall, 154 cases reported in Cork. 
  • March 25 - It is reported that two patients with COVID-19 have died. 1,564 cases have been reported overall. A total of 171 cases have been reported in Cork. 
  • March 26 - It is confirmed 10 patients with COVID-19 have passed away, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 19. Some 184 cases reported in Cork since the outbreak began. 
  • March 27 - Authorities confirm three patients with COVID-19 have died. The number of cases now exceeds 2,000. Stricter measures introduced- people urged not to leave homes except in limited circumstances. 208 cases in Cork overall. 
  • March 28 - It is confirmed that an additional 14 people with COVID-19 have died. 217 cases in Cork overall. 
  • March 29 - It is confirmed an additional 10 people with COVID-19 have died. 
  • March 30 - Eight additional people with COVID-19 have died. There are now 2,910 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
  • March 31 - 17 deaths, the single biggest total in a 24-hour period, are confirmed along with 325 new cases of the infection. There are now 238 cases in Cork.
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