Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ireland passes 10,000 'milestone' as 31 new coronavirus deaths confirmed

Conor Ganly

Reporter:

Conor Ganly

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Covid-19 figures for Easter Monday.

The number of people who have tested positive in Ireland has passed through the 10,000 threshold nearly a month and half since the first case here was confirmed.

The Department of Health has also confirmed that the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today, Easter Monday, April 13 also been informed that a further 31 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died.

This brings the total number of deaths to 365 and the number of confirmed cases to 10,647.

Nearly 1,000 new cases were confirmed on Monday making it the biggest daily increase in confirmed cases to date. Of these 527 were more recent test results processed by Irish laboratories. A further 465 were cases that went through German laboratories which is clearing a backlog which is due to be cleared this week. 

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said Easter Monday's figures were significant.

“Today marks a milestone in Ireland’s experience of COVID-19 as we see the number of confirmed cases exceed 10,000.

“The number of community cases of COVID-19 shows why we continue to need the public health measures that we currently have in place. I understand that the current restrictions are tough, especially during a bank holiday weekend when in normal circumstances most of us would have met up with family and friends but I ask that the public continue to work with us and follow the guidelines that are in place.

“The next three weeks will prove crucial to Ireland’s COVID-19 story and by working together we give ourselves the best chance to slow the spread and save lives,” he said.

The breakdown of today's deaths is:

·        26 deaths located in the east, 3 in the north west, 1 in the south and 1 in the west of the country
·        the deaths included 18 females and 13 males
·        the median age of today’s reported deaths is 82
·         25 people were reported as having underlying health conditions

A summary of all 365 deaths provided by the HPSC shows that;
·        215 (59%) of those who died were male, 150 (41%) were female
·        The median age of those who died is 82
·        247 of these cases were admitted to hospital with 37 admitted to ICU

The HSE is 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 the HPSC, as of midnight, Saturday, 11 April (9,484 cases) – and including German results received to that date, reveals:

·        45% are male and 54% are female, with 401 clusters involving 1,795 cases
·        the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
·        1,849 cases (20%) have been hospitalised
·        Of those hospitalised, 268 cases have been admitted to ICU
·        2,489 cases are associated with healthcare workers
·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 5,006 (53% of all cases) followed by Cork with 730 cases (8%)
·        Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 66%, close contact accounts for 27%, travel abroad accounts for 7%

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