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219 new confirmed cases brings total to 1,125
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, at nightly statement from the National Public Health Emergency team Pic: RollingNews.ie

24 Mar 2020 / Ireland Print

219 new confirmed virus cases brings total to 1,125

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre confirmed last night that two more patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died. Both patients are male and in the east of the country.

There have now been six COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has been informed of 219 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, as at 1pm, yesterday (Monday 23 March).

There are now 1,125 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Contacts

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.

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,
  • 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 (12%),
  • Of those for whom transmission status is known – community transmission accounts for 45%, close contact accounts for 23%, travel abroad accounts for 31%.

93% washing hands more often

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 practising 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.

Anxiety

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.

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%

Leitrim

<= 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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