Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.44 6 Apr 2020


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There have been 16 more coronavirus deaths in Ireland.

Figures from Monday also showed 370 new cases here.

Eleven of those who died are in the east of the country, four in the north-west and one is in the west.

Of the 10 men and six women who died, four were reported as having underlying health conditions.

The median age of the reported deaths is now 78.

It brings the overall death toll to 174, with a total of 5,364 cases.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) says it is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Data of cases from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), as of midnight on Saturday, showed:

  • 46% are men and 54% are women, with 260 clusters involving 989 cases
  • Median age of confirmed cases is 49 years
  • 1,265 cases (26%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 169 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 1,263 cases (26%) are associated with healthcare workers

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 2,692 (55% of all cases) - followed by Cork with 362 cases (7%)

Of those for whom transmission status is known community transmission accounts for 65%, close contact was 23%, travel abroad accounts for 12%.

Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health has revealed the percentage of people stockpiling has reduced from a peak of 43% in mid-March to 20% now.

Some 86% of people believe that current Government restrictions are "about right."

And 67% are interacting with family and friends over the phone.

The research is from a nationally representative online survey of 1,270 adults.

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, said: "Our research shows overall level of worry remains high at seven out of 10 but has not increased significantly since the middle of March, despite the introduction of more restrictive measures."

Dr Colm Henry, chief clinical officer at the HSE, added: “Our healthcare system has been preparing for a surge in COVID-19 cases but it is important to remind people that our hospitals continue to carry out all emergency and essential activity."

It comes amid a further spike in COVID-19 related deaths in the UK.

Seven more people have died from coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

It brings the total number of deaths there since the outbreak to 70.

A further 403 patients died in England on Monday after contracting the virus.

There were also 27 deaths in Wales and two further deaths in Scotland.

The British capital of London remains a hotspot, accounting for 129 of the 403 deaths.

The latest figures come as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in hospital for tests over persisting symptoms.


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