Highest daily number of Covid-19 deaths for second day in a row in Ireland

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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Covid-19 results for Thursday April 17

The Department of Health has confirmed that 43 people have died in the last 24 hours after being diagnosed with Covid-19

It is the highest reported in a single day so far in Ireland.

It brings the total death toll to 487, or 486 after the Department delisted one case as being caused by Covid-19.

The number of additional cases of the virus diagnosed here is 629. In addition, a further 95 cases of coronavirus were confirmed from the backlog of tests at the laboratory in Germany.

This brings the total number of additional cases to 724. The total number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland is now 13,271.

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of NPHET Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “Our model today is showing four reproductive numbers, illustrating the different stages of the disease in Ireland over the past 6 weeks.

“We now estimate our R0 to be between 0.7 and 1.0, which means current restrictions are successfully suppressing the disease.”

 

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The data clearly shows that there are two very different experiences of COVID-19 in Ireland today. In the population at large, the virus is contained and effectively suppressed.

“However, the experience of the disease in long-term residential care settings continues to be a source of concern.

“In order to protect the vulnerable the first task was to suppress the virus in the population at large. We are increasingly confident that we are achieving this. All of our efforts now need to be on extinguishing COVID-19 in our community residential settings, including nursing homes.”

Of the 43 deaths, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that

·        34 deaths located in the east, 4 in the west, 5 in the south of the country

·        the people included 22 males and 21 females

·        the median age of today’s reported deaths is 84

·        27 people were reported as having underlying health conditions

Regarding breakdown of the people with Covid: 

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Tuesday 14th April (12,425 cases), reveals:

·        55% are female and 45% are male, with 425 clusters involving 2,451 cases

·        the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years

·        2,026 cases (16%) have been hospitalised

·        Of those hospitalised, 284 cases have been admitted to ICU

·        3,090 cases are associated with healthcare workers

·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 6,337 (51% of all cases) followed by Cork with 916 cases (7%)

·        Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 51%, close contact accounts for 43%, travel abroad accounts for 6%

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