Coronavirus: 1 death and 85 new COVID-19 cases

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

A further one death related to COVID-19 and 85 new confirmed cases have been reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team today.

There have now been a total of 26,027 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland, and the pandemic has claimed 1,763 lives here.

In Galway the number of confirmed cases is unchanged from what was reported yesterday at 495 cases according to the latest data.

Validation of data by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths today, which is reflected in the national tally.

“Today’s figures demonstrate how quickly COVID-19 can remerge in our country,” said Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer.

“We are now at a crucial point in our response to COVID-19. Over the coming days it is vital that everyone continues to avoid large crowds, physically distance, wear face coverings where appropriate and wash hands regularly.

“COVID-19 is extremely infectious and no one is immune. Follow public health advice and stay vigilant.”

Of the cases notified today;

  • 53 cases are men / 32 are women
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • 26 cases are located in Kildare, 18 in Dublin, 11 in Clare, 9 in Laois, 7 in Limerick, 4 in Meath and the remainder are spread across 7 other counties.
  • 39% of today’s cases are associated with close contacts of a confirmed case
  • half are associated with outbreaks

“In order to maintain health services in areas outside of COVID-19, suppression of the disease in the community is paramount,” said Dr Siobhan Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead.

“By protecting yourself from the disease you are contributing to a patient’s ability to access other services. Protect our health service by following public health advice and stay safe from COVID-19.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group added that over two days Ireland has gone from a relatively stable position to a “significant pattern” of cases connected to outbreaks.

“We now need to be really careful and adhere to public health advice so we do not further spread the virus. We must remain vigilant to the disease if we are to control it at this point.”