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Covid-19 Monday: 18 more deaths, 386 further cases confirmed

April 27th, 2020 6:15 PM

By Southern Star Team

'The reproductive number is now estimated to be closer to 1 than it has been in recent weeks.' (Photo: Shutterstock)

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The Department of Health has confirmed that 18 more people who were diagnosed with Covid-19 have died in Ireland, bringing the total number of deaths linked to the virus to 1,102 in the Republic of Ireland.

There have also been 386 more confirmed cases of coronavirus, which brings the number of confirmed cases here to 19,648.
As of 11am today, Monday, April 27th, the HPSC has been notified of 386 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 19,648 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
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, Saturday. April 25th (19,095 cases), revealed that Cork has the third-highest number of cases with 1,125 (6%) behind Dublin with 9,532 (50% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,127 cases (6%). 57% are female and 42% are male.
The median age of confirmed cases is 49 years; 2,625 cases (14%) have been hospitalised. Of those hospitalised, 353 cases have been admitted to ICU. 5,204 cases are associated with healthcare workers
Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 63%, close contact accounts for 33%, travel abroad accounts for 4%
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We have always made it clear that there are certain things that we need to be satisfied with prior to recommending any change in current restrictions. The most important one is that the incidence rate of the virus needs to be as low as possible in terms its transmission in the community and within community and residential settings. In addition, the impact of the disease on rates of mortality and hospitalisations including admissions to intensive care units also needs to be at a very low level.
‘Improvements are still needed in these important measures,’ he stressed.
Dr Siobhán Ní Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead, said: ‘We are very aware how difficult the current restrictions are for people and families. There are a number of supports available on gov.ie/together and yourmentalhealth.ie so please use these facilities and contact your GP if you are very stressed.’

The Department of Health’s COVID-19 Information Dashboard (click here) provides the latest case information.

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