Covid-19 continues to kill people in Ireland and spread

Conor Ganly

Reporter:

Conor Ganly

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Latest official coronavirus figures

A further 16 people have lost their lives in Ireland after contracting the coronavirus in Ireland according to the latest figures from the Department of Health.

The latest deaths bring to 1,518 the number of people who have died after contracting Covid-19.

An additional 129 more cases of the virus have been confirmed, bringing that total to 23,956.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Earlier today, Government announced Phase 1 of the COVID-19 Roadmap will commence from Monday 18th May.

“As we ease restrictions that were implemented in recent weeks, the core message remains the same, ‘stay at home’ where possible and follow public health behaviours to limit the spread; handwashing, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing.

“I urge everyone to remember how easily this virus can spread, how quickly we could lose the progress that the country has worked so hard to achieve.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: “Over a very short time period we have witnessed a whole of society effort to stop this virus in its tracks. Across Government, our health, social care and emergency services, Gardaí and Defence Forces, businesses and the non-profit sector, media and general public at large, it has been heartening to witness such collective action.”

Dr Siobhan Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead, said: “These past weeks have been particularly difficult for those who have been cocooning from family, friends and society. Today, I hope new measures will bring some relief to this group and that they know we as a society are supporting them wherever possible, including by adopting safe behaviours in physical distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.”

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Wednesday 13th May (23,627 cases), reveals:

·        57% are female and 42% are male

·        the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years

·        3,062 cases (13%) have been hospitalised

·        Of those hospitalised, 387 cases have been admitted to ICU

·        7,427 cases are associated with healthcare workers

·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,557 (49% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,352 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,256 cases (5%)

·        Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 60%, close contact accounts for 37%, travel abroad accounts for 3%

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