Another 12 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported to the HPSC today, along with 76 more confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland.
But in Galway there were no new cases of Covid-19 reported today, after several days in a row where the daily count has remained steady, even as the national numbers declined.
The total death toll in the state due to this pandemic has now reached 1,583, and there have been a total of 24,391 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We have experienced 6 consecutive days of under 100 new confirmed cases in Ireland.
“This is very positive and demonstrates the extent to which the public’s actions have limited the spread of this disease.
“However, it is only through continued commitment to hand washing, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing that we will remain successful in suppressing the spread of Covid-19 through the community.”
Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Tuesday 19 May (24,274 cases), reveals:
- 57% are female and 43% are male
- the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
- 3,183 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
- of those hospitalised, 392 cases have been admitted to ICU
- 7,747 cases are associated with healthcare workers
- Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,765 (49% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,386 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,381 cases (6%)
- of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 60%, close contact accounts for 37%, travel abroad accounts for 3%
Prof Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group said that indicators such as ICU and hospital admissions, daily cases, and deaths are continuing to decline.
“Prevalence of the virus remains low in the community. The reproduction number is well below one, so our task remains to maintain low transmission of the virus.”