LATEST: Death toll rises by 17 today from Covid-19 in Ireland

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

LATEST: Covid-19 in Ireland

Covid-19 results for Wednesday, May 27.

Just two days after Ireland breathed a sigh of relief at no more daily deaths reported from Covid-19, the figure has risen sharply again today.

Another 17 people are reported to have died, in latest figures from the Department of Health, this Wednesday, May 27.

It brings deaths from the virus in Ireland to a total of 1,631 in the past three months. 

Another 73 new cases were also confirmed. The total of cases now stands at 24,803.

Yesterday there were nine deaths and 37 new cases.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health urged everyone to "stay the course".

“To date, 90% of confirmed cases diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered. But we cannot afford to stop the hard work involved in suppressing this virus.
“COVID-19 is a new disease. Ireland and the world understand more about the virus now than we did at the outset of this crisis. What we do know is that hand washing, social distancing and knowing when to self-isolate do work.

“These measures are the most effective tool we have to keep this virus suppressed and keep up this recovery rate. We know that the vast majority of Irish people understand this, and that they are staying the course with us as we continue to keep case numbers as low as possible," Dr Holohan said.

Dr, Siobhán Kennelly, HSE National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Older Persons: “COVID-19 is having an impact on everyone in Ireland. We understand that as the country reopens in phases, people may be anxious. If we all maintain social distance, wash our hands well and often and know when to self-isolate, together we will keep this virus suppressed.”


Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “What we do today has a direct effect on tomorrow. In order to prevent any second wave of COVID-19 from occurring, we need to remain vigilant and cautious. Continuing to follow the core public health advice is the best way to protect our most vulnerable now and in future.”

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Monday 25 May (24,730 cases), reveals:

57% are female and 43% are male
the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
3,251 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
Of those hospitalised, 399 cases have been admitted to ICU
7,891 cases are associated with healthcare workers
Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,961 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,451 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,408 cases (6%)
Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 40%, close contact accounts for 58%, travel abroad accounts for 2%