BREAKING: Another 43 people have sadly died in Ireland from Covid-19

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

BREAKING:  Another ? people have died in Ireland from Covid-19

Covid-19 results for Thursday April 30

The coronavirus Covid-19 death toll in Ireland has risen by another 43 this Thursday evening April 30.

As the country prepares for a quiet May Bank Holiday weekend during the pandemic, the The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has announced that the total number who have died has now reached 1,232.

Another 359 confirmed cases have been announced, bringing the total number of cases in the last two months to 20, 612.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed today that the rate of infection of the virus has remained stable at between 0.5 to 1%.

This Friday May 1 the Government will announce its roadmap out of the lockdown. 

About 70% of people who have contracted the virus have recovered. This is in line with international rates.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Tuesday 28th April (20,111 cases), reveals:

·        58% are female and 42% are male

·        the median age of confirmed cases is 49 years

·        2,706 cases (13%) have been hospitalised

·        Of those hospitalised, 360 cases have been admitted to ICU

·        5,684 cases are associated with healthcare workers

·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 9,967 (50% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,193 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,146 cases (6%)

·        Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 63%, close contact accounts for 33%, travel abroad accounts for 3%

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The latest report of COVID-19 cases in healthcare workers reveals that 34% of cases relate to nurses, healthcare assistants amount to 24% and cases among doctors is at 7%.

“Since the pandemic began in Ireland 72 nurses, 40 healthcare assistants, 22 doctors and 45 other allied healthcare workers have been hospitalised with COVID-19.”