Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.50 15 Apr 2020


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There have been 38 new coronavirus deaths in Ireland.

The latest figures also show 657 new cases confirmed on Wednesday - along with 411 back from a German laboratory.

This is a total of 1,068 new coronavirus cases here.

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It brings the death toll to 444 and the number of confirmed cases stands at 12,547.

Some 29 deaths were in the east of the country, six in the west and three in the south.

This included 22 men and 16 women.

The median age of Wednesday's reported deaths is 84.

While 28 people were reported as having underlying health conditions.

Data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), as of midnight on Monday, reveals:

  • 55% are women and 45% are men, with 413 clusters involving 2,244 cases
  • The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 1,968 cases (18%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 280 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 2,872 cases are associated with healthcare workers

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 5,850 (52% of all cases) - followed by Cork with 829 cases (7%).

Of those for whom transmission status is known community transmission now accounts for 52%, close contact is 42% and travel abroad accounts for 6%.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said: “We are continuing to monitor the course of this disease across a range of indicators - not only in the number of confirmed cases and deaths reported, but also through hospital and ICU admissions, clusters and patterns of transmission.

“While a number of these parameters are going in a positive direction, it is clear that we need to keep going in our efforts, on an individual level, to limit the spread of this virus.”

While Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said: “The World Health Organisation yesterday published its COVID-19 strategy update.

“This strategy re-emphasises the need for comprehensive public health measures to slow the spread of the virus, with additional capacity to respond rapidly to sporadic cases and clusters when they occur.”

It comes as nurses are to be redeployed to private nursing homes in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.

Almost half of the COVID-19 related deaths recorded around the country so far have been in nursing homes.

There are now clusters of cases in over one-third of the homes around the country.

A cluster is defined as three or more confirmed cases in one location within a 72-hour period.

Meanwhile another 761 patients with coronavirus have died in the UK, which takes the total there to 12,868.

Another 651 coronavirus patients had died in England, while Scotland recorded another 84 deaths - its biggest daily increase to date.

Wales also recorded its highest daily increase with 60, and Northern Ireland recorded another six deaths - bringing the death toll north of the border to 140.

Main image:  Pictured (l to r) are Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer HSE and Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health at the 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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