Covid-19 latest: 29 further deaths but Dr Holohan says 'we have achieved our goal of suppressing spread'

Covid-19 latest: 29 further deaths but Dr Holohan says 'we have achieved our goal of suppressing spread'
"It was not easy for anyone but there is no question that our collective effort has saved lives." Photo Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Covid-19 has claimed the lives of 29 more people in Ireland with another 137 additional confirmed cases in the Republic.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has said there are now 1,403 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland and there are now a total of 22,385 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Of these cases, 57% are female and 43% are male and the median age of confirmed cases is 49 years Approximately, 2,891 cases (13%) have been hospitalised and of those hospitalised, 376 cases have been admitted to ICU.

Healthcare workers account for 6,498 of the confirmed cases.

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 10,840 (49% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,302 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,197 cases (5%).

Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said; “The reproduction number is between 0.5 -0.6. We have achieved our goal of suppressing the spread of the disease, it was not easy for anyone but there is no question that our collective effort has saved lives.

“Now we look to the pattern of COVID-19 going forward, as we attempt to ease restrictions. These weeks are just as important as the first weeks of our response. Our behaviours are crucial in maintaining our progress and keeping the reproduction number below 1.” Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group Professor Philip Nolan said; “The number of ICU admissions, new cases and deaths is now falling and has been for over a week. This is driven by a reduction of transmission of the virus in the community and reinforces the importance of our behaviours going forward.”

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