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14 further coronavirus deaths in Ireland as total number of cases reaches 9,655

There have been 14 more coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland. The latest figures also show there...
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.43 12 Apr 2020


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14 further coronavirus deaths in Ireland as total number of cases reaches 9,655

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.43 12 Apr 2020


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There have been 14 more coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland.

The latest figures also show there are 727 new cases here.

As of 1.00pm on Sunday, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) was notified of:

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  • An additional 430 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by Irish laboratories
  • An additional 297 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by a laboratory in Germany

With the latest German figures included, there are now a total of 9,655 confirmed cases in Ireland.

There have now been 334 coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland.

Twelve of the deaths reported on Sunday were in the east, and two in the west of the country.

This included six women and eight men, with a median age of 80.

Ten people were reported as having underlying health conditions.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Data from the HPSC, as of midnight on Friday, reveals:

  • 45% are men and 54% are women, with 383 clusters involving 1,653 cases
  • The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 1,777 cases (21%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 261 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 2,312 cases are associated with healthcare workers

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 4,514 (53% of all cases) - followed by Cork with 648 cases (8%).

Of those for whom transmission status is known community transmission accounts for 66%, close contact is 26% and travel abroad accounts for 7%.

It comes as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned the peak of the virus is still ahead.

In his Easter message on Twitter, Mr Varadkar thanked everyone involved for slowing the spread of the virus.

But he warned: "We cannot lose focus, we cannot lessen our efforts - in fact we need to redouble them in the next few weeks".

"It's more important than ever that we persevere."

On the virus peak, he said: "It's possible that we haven't seen the peak yet - and when it comes, perhaps later this month, we will experience some of our darkest days.

"So we need to maintain our disciple and resolve in the knowledge that better days are to come".

Earlier he said he was "optimistic" that coronavirus restrictions can start to be eased in May.

But he said there is a risk they could have to be re-introduced, if the virus starts spreading again.

Mr Varadkar said: "Because the curve is flattening - it hasn't flattened enough yet - but because the curve is flattening I am certainly hopeful and optimistic that we'll be able to start to under-wind the restrictions starting in May and throughout the course of the summer.

"Now I can't guarantee that.

"Our best guess is that we're not yet past the peak, but we will peak sometime in April - around the middle of April.

"And after that we may see the number of new cases falling off".

Main image: Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan (left) at a nightly statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team, in the Department of Health, Dublin. Picture by: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

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