Coronavirus: 17 Covid-19 deaths, Galway cases rise again

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

An additional 17 people with Covid-19 have died today, almost double yesterday’s figure and a sharp increase from the start of this week, when no deaths were reported on Monday.

An additional 73 new cases of Covid-19 have also been confirmed to the HPSC today, three of which are in Galway.

The national death toll from this pandemic now stands at 1,631, while there have been a total of 24,803 confirmed cases in the state.

The total number of confirmed cases in Galway is now 464, which amounts to 1.9% of the national total.

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

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said that to date 90% of Covid-19 patients have recovered.

“But we cannot afford to stop the hard work involved in suppressing this virus.”

“Covid-19 is a new disease. Ireland and the world understand more about the virus now than we did at the outset of this crisis.”

“What we do know is that hand washing, social distancing and knowing when to self-isolate do work.”

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Monday 25 May (24,730 cases), reveals:

  • 57% are female and 43% are male
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 3,251 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 399 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 7,891 cases are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,961 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,451 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,408 cases (6%)
  • Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 40%, close contact accounts for 58%, travel abroad accounts for 2%

Dr Siobhán Kennelly, HSE National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Older Persons, said “COVID-19 is having an impact on everyone in Ireland. We understand that as the country reopens in phases, people may be anxious.

“If we all maintain social distance, wash our hands well and often and know when to self-isolate, together we will keep this virus suppressed.”