Another 37 people have died due to Covid-19 it has been announced today, meaning that 1,375 people have now lost their lives in the Republic to the coronavirus.
Galway also saw the number of coronavirus infections rise again today, with an additional six cases reported.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in Galway to 375, but the county still remains at the lower end of the scale nationally.
An additional 265 new cases of Covid-19 have also been confirmed today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 22,248.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said that the World Health Organisation has advised that the future of living with the coronavirus will likely see 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.”
Data from the HPSC as of midnight Monday, May 4 (21,908 cases), reveals:
- 57% are female and 43% are male
- 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 accounts for 35%, travel abroad accounts for 3%
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said “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.”