Latest figures on coronavirus Covid-19 show it has not been stamped out in Ireland

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Latest figures from the Department of Health

People continue to die in Ireland after contracting Covid-19 while the virus is still infecting people but the spread and fatality rate continues to be low according to the latest official figures.

A statement issued by the Department of Health from the National Public Health Emergency Team said that five more people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland.

The figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) said there have also been 19 additional confirmed infections.

The total number of deaths is now 1,695. There have now been 25,231 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland since the first official case on February 29.

There is currently a total of 102 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in hospital. Of these, 29 cases are currently in ICU.

The statement said validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 25,231 confirmed cases reflects this.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again tomorrow (Thursday 11th June) to review Ireland’s ongoing response and preparedness to COVID-19. NPHET will also review updated World Health Organisation guidance on face coverings and consider communications regarding appropriate use of face coverings in community settings.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Our recovery rate is now at 92%. While it is very welcome that the vast majority of people who contracted COVID-19 have recovered from the acute phase of their illness, there are many who continue to experience longer term effects including fatigue and decreased exercise capacity. Avoid contracting this new and unpredictable disease by following public health advice – regular hand washing, physical distancing and cough/sneeze etiquette.”

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Monday 8 June (25,212 cases), reveals:

·        57% are female and 43% are male
·        the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
·        3,321 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
·        Of those hospitalised, 411 cases have been admitted to ICU
·        8,099 cases are associated with healthcare workers
·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,163 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,531 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,424 cases (6%)
·        Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 38%, close contact accounts for 60%, travel abroad accounts for 2%