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71 virus cases still being probed for cause of transmission
RTE’s George Lee asks questions of Dr Breda Smyth, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, HSE, Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry, Chief Medical Officer at Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn Pic: RollingNews.ie

20 Mar 2020 / iRELAND Print

71 virus cases probed for cause of transmission

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has confirmed that there have now been three deaths associated with COVID-19 in Ireland with 191 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of midday yesterday.

There are now 557 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.

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

  • Of the 350 cases notified, 55 per cent are male and 43 per cent are female, with 26 clusters
  • Median age of confirmed cases is 43 years
  • 31 per cent of cases have been hospitalised. 
  • 2 per cent (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 per cent, local transmission/ close contact accounts for 21 per cent, travel abroad accounts for 43 per cent; 71 remain under investigation.

Pandemic

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.”

 

 

 

% 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%

 

 

 

Under investigation

71

 

Total

350

 

Source: HPSC 17/3/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthcare Workers

 

 

Travel related

28

33%

No foreign travel

55

65%

Under investigation

1

1%

Total

84

 

Source: HPSC 17/3/2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hospitalised cases by age group

 

< 5

1

1%

5 – 14

2

2%

15 – 24

9

8%

25 – 34

16

15%

35 – 44

15

14%

45 – 54

11

10%

55 – 64

23

21%

65+

31

29%

Total

108

 

Source: HPSC 17/3/2020

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Source: HPSC 17/3/2020

 

 



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