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Covid-19: Another 219 cases, two more deaths, confirmed today

March 23rd, 2020 6:24 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

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AN additional 219 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed today by the Department of Health’s emergency team at its daily briefing.

There have also been another two deaths from the virus in Ireland, bringing the total number of deaths here to 6.

There are now 104 cases in Co Cork, representing 14% of the national figure.

In figures just released, the Department says there are now 1,125 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

The HSE is now 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 HPSC, as of midnight, Saturday 21 March (836 cases), reveals:

  •        55% are male and 44% are female, with 37 clusters involving 210 cases
  •        the median age of confirmed cases is 44 years
  •        239 cases (29%) have been hospitalised
  •        Of those hospitalised, 25 cases have been admitted to ICU
  •        208 cases (25%) are associated with healthcare workers
  •        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 471, (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 104 cases (14%)
  •        Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 45%, close contact accounts for 23%, travel abroad accounts for 31%

Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health shows that more than 93% of the population are washing their hands more often as a result of Coronavirus.

The nationally representative online survey of 1,270 adults conducted today, and which will be conducted twice weekly, reveals;

  •        88% of people say they are staying at home, rather than going out
  •        84% of people say they are practicing social distance in a queue
  •        71% of people say they are sitting further apart from others
  •        75% are confident they would know what steps to take if they developed symptoms and 90% know the two most common symptoms (fever and/or cough)

If you are experiencing symptoms, such as fever and cough, self isolate and call your GP who will guide you.

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Health, said: 'We understand the anxiety this outbreak may be causing people. All aspects of our public health advice are constantly reviewed by the National Public Health Emergency Team and we will not hesitate to take more measures where necessary, based on epidemiological evidence and in proportion with Ireland’s experience of this outbreak.

'The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again tomorrow morning, where we will continue to review Ireland’s response and make further recommendations where appropriate.'

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health said: 'The key response that every individual can make if they are experiencing symptoms is to self isolate. While we continue to increase testing in Ireland, in line with WHO guidelines, the most important action that can be taken against this virus is isolation and social distancing.'

 

Case analysis as at midnight Saturday, 21 March - Source: HSPC
Total number of cases 836
Total number hospitalised 239
Total number admitted to ICU 25
Total number of deaths 6
Case fatality rate 0.7%
Total number of healthcare workers 208
Number clusters notified 37
Median age 44
Gender Number % of Total
Female 369 44%
Male 460 55%
Unknown 7 1%
Total 836
Age Group Number % of Total
< 1 3 0%
1 - 4 2 0%
5 - 14 16 2%
15 - 24 69 8%
25 - 34 166 20%
35 - 44 165 20%
45 - 54 158 19%
55 - 64 117 14%
65+ 139 17%
Unknown 1 0%
Total 836
Transmission Classification (where known) Number % of Total
Community transmission 264 45%
Close contact with confirmed case 136 23%
Travel abroad 183 31%
Healthcare workers Number % of Total
Travel related 55 26%
No foreign travel 133 64%
Under investigation 20 10%
Total 208
Hospitalised by Age Group Number % of Total
< 5 2 1%
5 - 14 2 1%
15 - 24 14 6%
25 - 34 31 13%
35 - 44 26 11%
45 - 54 42 18%
55 - 64 37 15%
65+ 85 36%
239
County Number % of Total
Carlow <= 5 0%
Cavan <= 5 1%
Clare 9 1%
Cork 104 14%
Donegal 8 1%
Dublin 471 56%
Galway 33 4%
Kerry 12 1%
Kildare 23 3%
Kilkenny 15 2%
Laois 6 1%
Letrim <= 5 0%
Limerick 18 2%
Longford <= 5 0%
Louth 13 2%
Mayo 6 0%
Meath 13 2%
Monaghan <= 5 0%
Offaly 10 1%
Roscommon <= 5 0%
Sligo 8 1%
Tipperary 20 1%
Waterford 9 1%
Westmeath 20 2%
Wexford <= 5 0%
Wicklow 22 3%

 

 

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