Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.18 23 May 2020


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There have been 13 more coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland.

New figures also show there have been 76 additional confirmed cases here.

There have now been a total 1,604 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland, and 24,582 confirmed cases.

Data of all cases, as of midnight on Thursday, reveals:

  • 57% are women and 43% are men
  • The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 3,211 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 393 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 7,813 cases are associated with healthcare workers

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,830 (48% of all cases), followed by Cork with 1,420 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,387 cases (6%).

Of those for whom transmission status is known community transmission accounts for 60%, close contact is 38% and travel abroad accounts for 2%.

It comes as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said there is no change to the social distancing restrictions for COVID-19.

It is understood 'robust' discussions were held at Cabinet on Friday about changing the advice from two metres to one to help the hospitality sector.

Current World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines state keeping a one metre distance from each other is sufficient.

The WHO says: "Maintain at least one metre (three feet) distance between yourself and others."

However guidance from the Health Service Executive (HSE) say a space of two metres (6.5 feet) should be kept between people.

But on Saturday Mr Varadkar confirmed that there is no change to the advice to maintain a physical distance of two metres.

He said public health advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) stands.

Main image: Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan (centre) speaking at a COVID-19 HSE briefing at the Department of Health in Dublin. Picture by: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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