People are still dying from Covid-19 in Ireland and spread has not been eliminated

National Public Health Emergency Team update

Conor Ganly

Reporter:

Conor Ganly

People are still dying from Covid-19 in Ireland and spread has not been eliminated

More people have died in Ireland after contracting Covid-19 while the virus continues to infect people according figures published by the Department of Health on Saturday, May 29 for the National Public Health Emergency Team.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) been informed that a total of 9 people with Covid-19 have died in the Republic.

It brings to 1,651* the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland since March 2020.

As of midnight Friday, May 29 the HPSC has been notified of 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 24,929 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The HSE 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, Thursday 28 May (24,870 cases), reveals:

·        57% are female and 43% are male
·        The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
·        3,279 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
·        Of those hospitalised, 408 cases have been admitted to ICU
·        7,955 cases are associated with healthcare workers
·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,031 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,472 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,416 cases (6%)
·        Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 39%, close contact accounts for 58%, travel abroad accounts for 2%

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 deaths. The figure of 1,651 deaths reflects this.