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COVID-19: 27 more deaths in Ireland

There have been 27 further deaths from the coronavirus here. The latest figures also show 156 new...
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.56 8 May 2020


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COVID-19: 27 more deaths in Ir...

COVID-19: 27 more deaths in Ireland

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.56 8 May 2020


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There have been 27 further deaths from the coronavirus here.

The latest figures also show 156 new confirmed cases.

1,429 people have now lost their lives here, while the number of cases stands at 22,541.

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

  • 57% are women and 43% are men
  • The median age of confirmed cases is 49 years
  • 2,915 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 373 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 6,586 cases are associated with healthcare workers

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 10,885 (49% of all cases), followed by Kildare with 1,312 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,199 cases (5%).

Of those for whom transmission status is known community transmission accounts for 61%, close contact is 35% and travel abroad accounts for 3%.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said; "Analysis of multiple data sources shows a continuing high level of compliance with public health measures.

"As we prepare for the next stages of living with this virus, we are learning new norms and behaviours, particularly how we interact in public spaces.

"Physical distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, safe interactions apply to all if we are to keep COVID-19 suppressed in Ireland."

Globally more than 270,000 people with the virus have died, while 3.8 million have been infected.

The US dominates with 1.25 million cases and over 75,000 deaths - followed by the UK with more than 31,000 fatalities.

A six-week-old baby has become one of the latest to die there after testing positive for the virus.

The number of deaths recorded in the UK has increased by 626 in the past 24 hours.

A further 332 people in England have died, 49 in Scotland, 28 in Wales and five in Northern Ireland.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to unveil Britain's road map for easing the lockdown on Sunday.

But it appears there could be slightly different rules in each part of the UK - after announcements from the leaders of the Welsh and Scottish governments suggested deviation.

Earlier, it was announced that Wales will remain in lockdown for another three weeks to avoid "a return of the virus" - but restrictions will be eased slightly from Monday.

Scotland is likely to see alterations to the exercise restrictions, while those in Northern Ireland have been told there will be only "nuanced changes".

Main image: Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, at the daily COVID-19 briefing at the Department of Health, Dublin. Picture by: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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