Further deaths from coronavirus announced but confirmed infections drop to lowest in a month

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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Latest official coronavirus figures

A further 34 people have died in Ireland after contracting the coronavirus but the number of new cases has dropped to its lowest point in a month.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today, Friday, May 1, been informed that a total of 34 people with COVID-19 have died.

There have now been a total of 1,265 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of 11 am Friday the HPSC has been notified of 221 new confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 20,833 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

The HSE says it 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, Wednesday 29 April (20,510 cases), reveals:

· 58% are female and 42% are male
· the median age of confirmed cases is 49 years
· 2,768 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
· Of those hospitalised, 367 cases have been admitted to ICU
· 5,840 cases are associated with healthcare workers
· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 10,170 (50% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,215 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,154 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%

Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 1,265 deaths reflects this.

There was no briefing by the National Public Health Emergency Team lead by Dr Tony Holohan on Friday due to the Taoiseach.