LATEST: Rise in deaths and confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

LATEST: Rise in deaths and confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland

Latest Covid-19 figures from the Department of Health

There have been 37 more deaths in Ireland from Covid-19, in latest figures given this Wednesday evening, May 6.

The Department of Health has been notified of 37 more deaths, and 265 additional confirmed cases.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 22,248.

The death toll has now reached 1,375 people.

Waves of repeating coronavirus Covid-19 into the future are predicted says Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan.

“The World Health Organization has advised that a likely future scenario in the dynamic of COVID-19 is recurring epidemic waves interspersed with periods of low-level transmission," he said.

“This means that when Ireland eases social distancing restrictions, we may have periods of time when the numbers of people infected increases significantly. This is why it is vitally important that easing of social distancing restrictions is accompanied by a high level of adherence to the fundamental, individual behaviours needed to guard against transmission of the virus. We have to adapt our behaviours in order to live safely with COVID-19," Dr Holohan said today.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that a total of 37 people with COVID-19 have died.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Case breakdown

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Monday 4 May (21,908 cases), reveals:

·        57% are female and 43% are male

·        the median age of confirmed cases is 49 years

·        2,878 cases (13%) have been hospitalised

·        Of those hospitalised, 373 cases have been admitted to ICU

·        6,393 cases are associated with healthcare workers

·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 10,734 (49% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,289 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,192 cases (5%)

·        Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 62%, close contact accounts for 35%, travel abroad accounts for 3%

So far in Ireland 78% of people have recovered.

 Dr. Ronan Glynn is Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health.

“78% of people who have been diagnosed to date with COVID-19 have recovered. This is very welcome and in line with international experience, however, the course of this disease in any one individual remains unpredictable. It is important that we are all aware of the risks and know how to prevent its spread.”