Coronavirus: 13 Covid-19 deaths today, small bump in Galway cases

Galway Daily news 25 percent drop in COVID cases in Galway hospitals

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of an additional 13 Covid-19 related deaths today, bringing the national death toll in this pandemic to 1,604.

The HPSC has also had 76 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed today. There have now been a total of 24,582 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Another four cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Galway today, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 455.

Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Thursday 21 May (24,451 cases), reveals:

  • 57% are female and 43% are male
  • 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 accounts for 38%, travel abroad accounts for 2%

The Taoiseach said today that there will be no change in the 2m social distancing guidelines, after a number of Cabinet Ministers reportedly raised the matter.

It was pointed out that the World Health Organisation’s guidelines currently state that 1m of distancing is sufficient.