Coronavirus: 24 more Covid-19 deaths reported, Galway cases rise again

Galway Daily news Galway hospitals see COVID cases double in recent weeks

Another 24 people have been killed by the coronavirus the NPHET has reported today, while an additional 107 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the state.

The national death toll due to Covid-19 has now reached 1,488, while a total of 23,242 cases have been confirmed in Ireland.

Galway saw one of its largest recent spikes with 8 new confirmed cases today, bringing the county’s total to 400 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan said, “We are continuing to examine the progress of the disease and though we are still making progress, which is giving us real encouragement, we need to keep going.

“We still have 70 people in ICU and over 500 people in hospital. We have more work to do.”

Dr Holohan and director general of the HSE Paul Reid will be the first witnesses called before the new Dáil Covid-19 committee when it meets for the first time next week.

They are expected to be questioned about testing and tracing, as well as plans to return parts of the economy to work next week.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Sunday 10th May (23,089 cases), reveals:

  • 57% are female and 42% are male
  • The median age of confirmed cases is 49 years
  • 3,031 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 386 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 6,906 cases are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,235 (49% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,337 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,234 cases (5%)
  • Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 61%, close contact accounts for 36%, travel abroad accounts for 3%

As of midnight on Monday, 258,808 tests for the coronavirus have been carried out

Rachel Kenna, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health said “Today marks International Nurses Day and 2020 is also International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

“We did not expect to be marking this year amidst a Global Pandemic, however, our fellow nurses and midwives have risen to the challenge and remain a vital resource to our health service.”

“Our nurses and midwives are working in high risk situations on a daily basis, delivering care in PPE, making personal sacrifices and continuing to provide compassionate care in a stressful environment.”
“The public actions over the last number of weeks have meant nurses and midwives can continue to deliver care to those who need it. Please continue to support them during this time, hold firm and stay safe.”