18 May 2022

Coronavirus Covid-19 deaths pass 100 mark in Ireland with nursing home clusters worrying chief medical officer

More than 100 people have died in the Republic of Ireland after contracting the coronavirus Covid-19.

Some three weeks after schools shut, it has been confirmed that there have been 22 more deaths and 424 more cases reported to the Department of Health on Friday, April 3 by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

The totals for deaths and confirmed cases are the biggest recorded so far since the outbreak began in Ireland at the end of February.

In total 120 people have now died in Ireland after being infected while there have been a total of 4,273 confirmed cases. The median age of deaths in Ireland is 82.

The breakdown of Friday's deaths is as follows:

·        18 deaths located in the east, 3 in the south, 1 in the west of the country.

·        The patients included 11 females and 11 males.

·        16 patients were reported as having underlying health conditions

·        Median age of today’s reported deaths is 80

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 424 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, as at 1pm, Thursday 2nd April.

There are now 4,273 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The HSE is now working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Today’s data from HPSC, as of midnight, Wednesday 1st April 2020 (3,655 cases), reveals:

·        48% are male and 51% are female, with 171 clusters involving 626 cases

·        Median age of confirmed cases is 48 years

·        1,039 cases (28%) have been hospitalised

·        Of those hospitalised, 148 cases have been admitted to ICU

·        948 cases (26%) are associated with healthcare workers

·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 2,077 (57% of all cases) followed by Cork with 292 cases (8%)

·        Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 61%, close contact accounts for 23%, travel abroad accounts for 16%

The National Public Health Emergency Team met today (Friday 3 April) to continue its review of Ireland’s response and preparedness to COVID-19.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We are concerned with the number of clusters identified in nursing homes. We have identified a range of measures, working with the HSE. We need to see continuous actions being taken to reduce the risk of transmission in nursing home and long-term residential facilities.”

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We are now facing into the end of week one of new measures. It has been a tough adjustment but these efforts save lives. We will continue to protect vulnerable groups against this virus, by staying home and following public health advice. These efforts result in lives saved.

“Anyone over 70 years of age should remain cocooned as per public health advice, and for essential food and prescription shopping, call on family, friends or services to help you. Over 70’s should not be leaving home.”

Dr. Colm Henry, Clinical Chief Officer, HSE, said; “There is now a clear picture of more severe illness in older people. This underlines the importance of our advice on cocooning and requires all of us to support any vulnerable people who find themselves in isolation.”

Department of Health’s COVID-19 Information Dashboard; providing latest case information.

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