LATEST: Another 16 people dead from coronavirus in Ireland as cases soar

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter

The number of patients diagnosed with Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland who have died in the latest 24 hour period has risen by 16, according to the Department of Health.

The latest figures are out this evening Monday April 6.

The previous daily increase was 21.

There have now been 174 COVID-19 related deaths in the Republic.

It has also been confirmed that there have been 370 new cases, bringing the total number of cases up to 5,364.

The number of deaths in Northern Ireland has risen by seven, to 70, it also emerged today. The number of cases there has risen by 69 to 1,158.

Earlier today, the Health Service Executive said the capacity to test for coronavirus will be doubled in the Republic from this week, to around 4,500 tests a day. 

A network of laboratories and community test centres have been set up across the country. 

The HSPC has confirmed a breakdown of cases.

·        11 deaths located in the east, 4 in the north west, 1 in the west of the country

·        The patients included 6 females and 10 males

·        4 patients were reported as having underlying health conditions

·        Median age of today’s reported deaths is 78

There have now been 174 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

The median age of deaths in Ireland is 81.

People are not stockpiling as much, new research reveals.

Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health, a nationally representative online survey of 1,270 adults conducted today, and which will be conducted twice weekly, reveals:

·        The percentage of people stockpiling has reduced from a peak of 43% in mid-March to 20% today
·        86% of people believe that current government restrictions are “about right”
·        67% are interacting with family and friends over the phone

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Our research shows overall level of worry remains high at 7 out of 10 but has not increased significantly since the middle of March, despite the introduction of more restrictive measures."

Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer HSE, said; “Our Healthcare system has been preparing for a surge in COVID-19 cases but it is important to remind people that our hospitals continue to carry out all emergency and essential activity.”


Today’s data from HPSC, as of midnight, Saturday 4th April 2020 (4,916 cases), reveals:

·        46% are male and 54% are female, with 260 clusters involving 989 cases

·        Median age of confirmed cases is 49 years

·        1,265 cases (26%) have been hospitalised

·        Of those hospitalised, 169 cases have been admitted to ICU

·        1,263 cases (26%) are associated with healthcare workers

·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 2,692 (55% of all cases) followed by Cork with 362 cases (7%)

·        Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 65%, close contact accounts for 23%, travel abroad accounts for 12%