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Coronavirus: 8 Covid-19 deaths, increase in Galway cases

Another 8 deaths of people with Covid-19 have been reported to the Department of Health today, along with 8 new confirmed cases.

The total death toll in the Republic of Ireland from this pandemic has now reached 1,703, while there have been a total of 25,238 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

The number of confirmed cases in Galway rose by 2 today, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 485.

There is currently a total of 86 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in hospital. Of these, 28 cases are currently in ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said “”NPHET has recommended the development and implementation of a national communications campaign to increase compliance with current recommendations on the use of face coverings.

“The campaign will outline best practice for use of face coverings in retail outlets, on public transport and in other public locations, where it may be difficult to maintain social distancing.”

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Tuesday 9 June (25,230 cases), reveals:

  • 57% are female and 43% are male
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 3,307 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
  • of those hospitalised, 412 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 8,114 cases are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,167 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,532 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,426 cases (6%)
  • of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 38%, close contact accounts for 60%, travel abroad accounts for 2%

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said the reproductive number of the virus has remained steady at between 0.4 and 0.8.

“The next two weeks are now critical in limiting transmission, keeping the r-number low and suppressing the virus.”

“It is how we interact, as we go about our daily lives more freely, that will determine whether the r-number increases.”

Briain Kelly
Email: news@galwaydaily.com
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