There were no new deaths related to Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland reported today, while 59 new cases were confirmed.
In Galway there were just three new cases of Covid-19 confirmed today, bringing the total number of cases in the county 461.
Validation of data by the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of two deaths today, meaning that the confirmed death toll now stands lower than on Sunday, at 1,606 lives lost.
There have now been 24,698 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan “The number of new cases and reported deaths over the past week indicates that we have suppressed Covid-19 as a country.”
“It has taken strict measures to achieve this. It will take another week to see any effect on disease incidence that might arise from the easing of measures in Phase 1.”
Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Saturday 23 May (24,593 cases), reveals:
- 57% are female and 43% are male
- the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
- 3,225 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
- of those hospitalised, 394 cases have been admitted to ICU
- 7,842 cases are associated with healthcare workers
- Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,876 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,438 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,390 cases (6%)
- of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 59%, close contact accounts for 38%, travel abroad accounts for 3%
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said that research by the Department of Health has found that 61% of people believe there will be a second wave of the virus in Ireland.
“While NPHET continues to monitor the spread of Covid-19, both here in Ireland and internationally, ultimately it is the collective behaviours of each individual which will determine the course of this disease.”
“The importance of regular hand washing, physical distance and cough/sneeze etiquette cannot be underestimated.”