Coronavirus: No deaths and no new Galway cases

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

There have been no deaths caused by the coronavirus reported to the Department of Health today, and 18 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The total death toll in Ireland due to the coronavirus pandemic remains at 1,706 people, and there have now been 25,321 cases in the state.

However, none of those new cases were reported in Galway, where the number has remained at 486 confirmed cases.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, said “An analysis of cases reported in the last fourteen days tells us that the number of daily cases remains on a downward trend.

“This combined with hospitalisation and ICU trends indicates that the behaviours adopted by the general public continue to suppress the disease in the community.”

Ireland is now one week into Phase 2 of easing public health restrictions, which has seen many more people returning to work, and travel now allowed anywhere within the county.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Saturday 13 June (25,303 cases), reveals:

  • 57% are female and 43% are male
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 3,278 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
  • of those hospitalised, 417 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 8,130 cases are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,213 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,533 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,434 cases (6%)
  • of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 37%, close contact accounts for 60%, travel abroad accounts for 2%

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer said that 1.7 million people in the country are now reported to be wearing face masks in public.

This is up 6% in the past week, or an increase of roughly 300,000 people.

Dr Siobhán Ni Bhriain, HSE Integrated Care Lead added “If you go onto public transport, or into retail environments or any place where you can’t be sure a 2 metre physical distance from other people is possible, you should wear a face covering.”

“Face coverings are also strongly advised when visiting vulnerable people,” Dr Ni Bhriain concluded.