Coronavirus: Third Person Has Died In Ireland

The latest national news updates from Thursday, 19th March.

Breaking news:

A third patient with Coronavirus has died in Ireland.

New figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show there are less than 20 cases in the midlands. 

Seven people in Westmeath have been diagnosed with the illness, while there are less than 5 cases in both Laois and Offaly. 

There have now been 3 deaths associated with COVID-19 in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 191 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland as of midday Thursday, 19 March.

There are now 557 confirmed cases of COVID-19 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.

The latest data from HPSC, as of midnight Tuesday 17 March (350 cases), reveals;

·        Of the 350 cases notified, 55% are male and 43% are female, with 26 clusters

·        Median age of confirmed cases is 43 years

·        31% of cases have been hospitalised.

·        2% (7 cases) admitted to ICU.

·        84 cases are associated with Healthcare workers, 28 of whom are associated with foreign travel.

·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 172, followed by Cork (62) and Limerick (14)

Of those for whom transmission status is known, community transmission accounts for 35%, local transmission/ close contact accounts for 21%, travel abroad accounts for 43%; 71 remain under investigation.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health, said: “I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of this patient.

“It is too early to see any impact of our social distancing measures. This data underscores the importance of younger people to rigorously follow public health advice and social distancing measures.”

Dr Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health Medicine, HSE; “Healthcare workers are at the frontline of this pandemic. While it is heartening to see social distancing measures taken seriously across society, this must continue in order to protect the most vulnerable and support our healthcare staff throughout this pandemic.”

Counties
No Cases
 
Carlow
< = 5
 
Cavan
< = 5
 
Clare
< = 5
 
Donegal
< = 5
 
Kilkenny
< = 5
 
Leitrim
< = 5
 
Laois
< = 5
 
Longford
< = 5
 
Mayo
< = 5
 
Offaly
< = 5
 
Roscommon
< = 5
 
Sligo
< = 5
 
Tipperary
< = 5
 
Wexford
< = 5
 
Kildare
6
 
Louth
6
 
Meath
6
 
Kerry
6
 
Waterford
7
 
Westmeath
7
 
Wicklow
13
 
Galway
13
 
Limerick
14
 
Cork
62
 
Dublin
172

 

 
 
% of Total
Total number cases
350
 
Total number hospitalised
108
31%
Total number admitted to ICU
7
2%
Total number deaths
2
0.6%
Case fatality rate
0.6%
 
Total number healthcare workers
84
24%
Number clusters notified
26
7%
Median Age
43
 
Source: HPSC 17/3/2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gender
 
 
Male
192
55%
Female
152
43%
Unknown
6
2%
Total
350
 
Source: HPSC 17/3/2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Age Group
 
 
<1
1
0%
1 - 4
1
0%
5 - 14
8
2%
15 - 24
38
11%
25 - 34
64
18%
35 - 44
78
22%
45 - 54
49
14%
55 - 64
54
15%
65+
57
16%
Total
350
 
Source: HPSC 17/3/2020
 
 
 
 
 
Transmission Classification
 
% Known
Community transmission
99
35%
Contact with a confirmed case
59
21%
Travel abroad
121
43%
 

 

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