Covid-19: HSE says 102 new cases confirmed today (Saturday)

March 21st, 2020 7:39 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

There were an additional 57 new cases confirmed today. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre has said there are 102 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, bringing the total to 785.

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.

Of those for whom transmission status is known, community transmission accounts for 42%, close contact accounts for 23%, travel abroad accounts for 35%.

Following the widespread reporting of the West Cork pub that was found to be open after the Taoiseach called for all pubs to close, Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Health, said: ‘The Department is aware that pubs in some areas of the country are continuing to open, in contravention of existing public health advice. If any such premises become known to us, the Minister will be advised to use his regulatory powers to enforce the temporary closure of premises in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.’

He added: ‘We are also asking An Garda Siochana to assist in encouraging the public to abide by the public health advice on social distancing by encouraging any groups congregating in public to disperse.’



Case analysis as at midnight 19 March - Source: HSPC
Total number of cases 584
Total number hospitalised 173
Total number admitted to ICU 13
Total number of deaths 3
Case fatality rate 0.5
Total number of healthcare workers 147
Number clusters notified 29
Median age 44
Gender Number % of Total
Female 257 44%
Male 320 55%
Unknown 7 1%
Total 584
Age Group Number % of Total Age specific incidence
>1 2 0% 0.3
1 - 4 2 0% 0.3
5 - 14 10 2% 1.8
15 - 24 56 10% 9.6
25 - 34 110 19% 18.8
35 - 44 121 21% 20.7
45 - 54 95 16% 16.3
55 - 64 85 15% 14.6
65+ 102 17% 17.5
Unknown 1 0% 0.2
Total 584

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