COVID-19: 37 further deaths in Ireland

There have been 37 more deaths from the coronavirus in Ireland. Latest figures show 265 new cases...
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.45 6 May 2020

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COVID-19: 37 further deaths in...

COVID-19: 37 further deaths in Ireland

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.45 6 May 2020

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There have been 37 more deaths from the coronavirus in Ireland.

Latest figures show 265 new cases have also been confirmed.

It brings the total death toll to 1,375, while the number of confirmed cases stands at 22,248.


Data of cases as of midnight on Monday reveals:

  • 57% are women and 43% are men
  • The median age of confirmed cases is 49 years
  • 2,878 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 373 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 6,393 cases are associated with healthcare workers

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 10,734 (49% of all cases) - followed by Kildare with 1,289 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,192 cases (5%).

Of those for whom transmission status is known community transmission accounts for 62%, close contact is 35%, and travel abroad accounts for 3%.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said; "The World Health Organization has advised that a likely future scenario in the dynamic of COVID-19 is recurring epidemic waves interspersed with periods of low-level transmission.

“This means that when Ireland eases social distancing restrictions, we may have periods of time when the numbers of people infected increases significantly.

"This is why it is vitally important that easing of social distancing restrictions is accompanied by a high level of adherence to the fundamental, individual behaviours needed to guard against transmission of the virus.

"We have to adapt our behaviours in order to live safely with COVID-19."

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, added: "78% of people who have been diagnosed to date with COVID-19 have recovered.

"This is very welcome and in line with international experience, however, the course of this disease in any one individual remains unpredictable.

"It is important that we are all aware of the risks and know how to prevent its spread."

It comes as Britain and Germany have been outlining their plans for relaxing restrictions.

Some 258,000 people with the virus have died, while more than 3.6 million cases have been diagnosed worldwide.

The US remains the worst-hit country, with 71,000 deaths and over 1.2 million cases.

Despite this, US President Donald Trump says the White House COVID Taskforce is being wound down soon.

The death toll in the UK remains the highest in Europe - with over 29,000 fatalities.

But British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has signalled an easing of lockdown measures from Monday.

In Germany, where nearly 7,000 have lost their lives, restrictions are being relaxed to allow people from separate households to meet.

While mouth and nose coverings must be worn on public transport.

In Wuhan in China, where COVID-19 first emerged, 57,000 students have gone back to school for exams.

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