BREAKING: Over 120 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland as total figure nears 700

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BREAKING: Cases of Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Ireland as total figure nears 700

BREAKING: Cases of Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Ireland as total figure nears 700

The Department of Health has confirmed a total of 126 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland today, Friday, March 20.

That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 683. So far three people have died as a result of the virus in Ireland.

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

Of those for whom transmission status is known, community transmission accounts for 40%, local transmission/ close contact accounts for 21%, travel abroad accounts for 39%; 96 cases remain under investigation.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health, said: “Now is not the time for complacency. Every citizen who is practicing social distancing, who is taking precautions to limit the spread of this virus, is doing their country a service.

“The Department of Health has issued outdoor social distancing guidelines for everyone to follow. While we encourage people to exercise outside and maintain a healthy lifestyle, social distancing measures will continue to be paramount.”

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We are aware that the actions we must take as a nation can lead to individuals feeling isolated and anxious. Be mindful of your mental health during this time, try to keep to a routine, maintain a healthy, balanced diet, and remember social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation – stay in touch with family & friends, use technology to stay connected. There are resources to help you mind your mental health on HSE.ie.”

Dr. Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health Medicine, HSE said; “One in four cases relate to healthcare workers. We must reinforce the importance of appropriate personal protection measures in hospitals. A healthcare workers sub-group, established under NPHET, will continue to support frontline healthcare workers.”

The latest data from HPSC, as of midnight Wednesday18th March (438 cases), reveals;

·        Of the 438 cases notified, 55% are male and 43% are female, with 27 clusters involving 142 cases

·        Median age of confirmed cases is 44

·        32% of cases have been hospitalised

·        2.7% (12 cases) admitted to ICU - representing 8.6% of all cases hospitalised

·        114 cases are associated with Healthcare workers, 36 of whom are associated with foreign travel

·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 51%, followed by Cork 15% and Limerick and Wicklow have 3% of cases each

Data analysis as of midnight including county breakdown 18 March 2020

Source: HPSC

 
Total number cases 438 
Total number hospitalised 140 32% 
 
Total number admitted to ICU 12 3%
 
Total number deaths 3 0.7%
 
Case fatality rate 0.7% 
 
Total number healthcare workers 114 26%
 
Number clusters notified 27 
 
Median Age 44

Gender 

Female 189 43%

Male 242 55%
 
Unknown 7 2%
 
Total 438

Hospitalised cases by age group
 
< 5 1   1% of total
 
5 - 14   2  2% of total
 
15 - 24  9 8% of total
 
25 - 34 16 15% of total
 
35 - 44 15 14% of total
 
45 - 54  11 10% of total
 
55 - 64  23  21% of total
 
65+     31    29% of total
 
Total    108


Counties
 
 

County     Percentage of total
Carlow  <=5  1%
 
Cavan <=5 0%
 
Clare 7       2%
 
Cork 66    15%
 
Donegal <=5    1%
 
Dublin  225    51%
 
Galway  14    3%
 
Kerry   7         2%
 
Kildare   9      2%
 
Kilkenny 7       2%
 
Laois <=5        1%
 
Leitrim <=5     0%
 
Limerick  15      3%
 
Longford <=5    0%
 
Louth  8            2%
 
Mayo <=5         0%
 
Meath 11          3%
 
Offaly <=5       1%
 
Roscommon  <=5 0%
 
Sligo <=5           1%
 
Tipperary <=5     1%
 
Waterford 7         2%
 
Westmeath  12    3%
 
Wexford <=5      0%
 
Wicklow 15          3%
 
Source: HPSC 18/3/2020
 
Cluster type
 
Travel 11
 
Hospital 5
 
Nursing Home 3
 
Private house 3
 
Extended family 2
 
Workplace 2
 
Under investigation 1
 
Total       27
 
 
Source: HPSC 18/3/2020
 
 Meanwhile, the Department of Transport has removed the requirement for those over 70 to provide a medical report has also been removed at this time. However, this is only on the basis that they do not have an identified or specified illness.