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Coronavirus: 3 Futher Deaths Confirmed

Latest news updates on Wednesday 3rd June.

Latest figures:

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that a total of 3 people with COVID-19 have died.

There have now been a total 1,659* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Tuesday 2 June the HPSC has been notified of 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 25,111** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The midlands has recorded one further case today.

That's in Laois, and now brings the total number of confirmed cases there to 260.

Westmeath remains on 670, after one new case was reported yesterday.

While there are 478 confimed cases in Offaly - the Faithful County hasn't had a new case for eight days.

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, Monday 1 June (25,064 cases), reveals:

·        57% are female and 43% are male
·        the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
·        3,298 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
·        Of those hospitalised, 409 cases have been admitted to ICU
·        8,004 cases are associated with healthcare workers
·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,093 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,517 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,419 cases (6%)
·        Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 39%, close contact accounts for 59%, travel abroad accounts for 2%


Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again Thursday 4 June to continue its review of Ireland’s response to COVID-19. NPHET will proceed to submit recommendations to the Minister for Health.”


Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “Our recovery rate is now at 91%. This is positive news and confirms the expectation that most people who get COVID-19 will recover. However, it remains the case that this is an unpredictable virus, and the prognosis for any one individual diagnosed, regardless of their current health, remains uncertain. Use hse.ie and gov.ie/health to stay informed and learn the behaviours that will keep you protected.”

Dr. Siobhán Kennelly, HSE National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Older Persons; “It is our collective responsibility to continue to support vulnerable groups in our society. Vulnerable groups include older people and people with underlying health conditions of any age. Keep a 2 metre distance when outdoors, maintain respiratory etiquette and continue to wash hands regularly.”

Exchequer deficit:

The exchequer's deficit reached €6.1 billion in May, as pressure on the government's finances continues with the Covid-19 pandemic. 

However latest figures show tax revenues are UP 1.3 per cent on May last year, due to an unexpected increase in the amount of corporation tax collected. 

Spending is up 19 per cent on what was planned, largely due to health and income supports like the €350 weekly Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe says while the signs are positive, it's too early to say how the economy is coping with Covid-19: 

Rural business:

COVID-19 can't be used as an excuse to remove services from rural Ireland, according to Fianna Fáil. 

The party's Deputy Leader Dara Calleary says he believes a number of companies are considering not re-opening their branches. 

He told a Dáil debate that's not acceptable:

EU:

The European Commission is to make 9.4 billion euro available to prevent the spread of virus-driven pandemics in the future.

The money will fund prevention, preparedness, surveillance and response to cross-border health threats.

It will also build emergency reserves of affordable medicines, medical devices and other health supplies.

Leaving Cert:

The Irish Youth Foundation is warning the brief opportunity to help young people dropping out of secondary school is being lost because of the pandemic restrictions - and a risk it will create a "lost generation". 

Today would have been the first day of the Leaving Cert - an exam one in ten boys doesn't sit. 

70 per cent of youth workers believe the pandemic will leave serious mental health issues - with 64 per cent of young people using youth services saying they can't keep a routine. 

The foundation is launching a recovery plan for the youth sector - and its chief executive, Lucy Masterson, says they need to raise 1.5 million euro to help children who are falling through the cracks:

Testing:

In almost one in two Covid-19 cases, it has taken more than four days for a person to be tested from the first signs of symptoms.

Deputy chief medical officer Ronan Glynn says that's why it's important people contact their GP as soon as symptoms appear:

Covid spread:

The public's being warned Covid-19 still has the potential for spreading across all regions of the country. 

Around 500 new cases of the virus have been detected in 21 counties over the past week, with more than half involving people aged between 24 and 55. 

The death toll has risen to 1,658, after a further 8 people died. 

Last night saw the lowest daily increase since March 11th, with 10 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 25,066.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan, says the latest spread across counties isn't surprising :

Disabilities:

A person living with a disability in an institutional setting's 42 times more likely to contract Covid-19 than the general public.

The detail, contained in a recent Department of Health report, will be the focus when Inclusion Ireland meets the Health Minister later.

127 Covid-19 deaths have so far been reported in residential disability settings and mental health institutions.

Inclusion Ireland CEO, Enda Egan, says to date, he's only aware of only 17 regarding mental health facilities:

Latest figures:

One new case has been confirmed in the midlands, bringing the total figure for the region to 1,407.

Westmeath's figure has increased to 670.

Neither Offay nor Laois recorded any increase in cases.

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