Coronavirus: 4 COVID-19 deaths, no new Galway cases

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

There were four more deaths of people with COVID-19 reported to the Department of Health today, along with 16 new confirmed cases.

The number of deaths in the Republic of Ireland from the COVID-19 crisis now stands at 1,714 people, and there have been 25,355 confirmed cases in the state.

There were no new cases reported in Galway today, and the total number confirmed in the city and county has actually declined by one to 485.

The HPSC has said that in the process of validating data and reviewing addresses, cases may be assigned to a different county than where they were first reported, and two previously confirmed cases have also been denotified today.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said that over half of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in the community took more than two days to contact their GP after first getting symptoms.

“The most important actions anyone can take from the moment they experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 are to self-isolate immediately, restrict the movement of household contacts and make phone contact with their GP.”

Dr Siobhán Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead added that many of the symptoms of COVID-19 are common, and people might not be inclined to contact a doctor over a cough or a shortness of breath.

“In the context of this pandemic we are asking you to do so, to help us limit the spread of COVID-19,” she emphasised.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Monday 16 June (25,399 cases), reveals:

  • 57% are female and 43% are male
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 3,282 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
  • of those hospitalised, 417 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 8,147 cases are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,239 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,535 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,436 cases (6%)
  • of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 37%, close contact accounts for 61%, travel abroad accounts for 2%

“The reproductive number is now estimated to be close to 0.7,” said Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group.

“It is heartening to see that none of the data suggests that there is a significant increase of transmission of COVID-19 in the community since the commencement of Phase 2.”