The number of new Covid-19 cases has fallen below 100 for the first time since mid-March with 92 cases confirmed today, along with 15 additional deaths.
In Galway four new Covid-19 cases have been reported today, bringing the total in the county to 412 cases out of a national total of 24,048.
The national death toll from this pandemic now stands at 1,533 lives lost due to Covid-19.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer in the Dept of Health commented: “Today is the first time we have seen the number of confirmed cases fall below 100 since mid-March.
“While the past nine weeks have been particularly difficult for those cocooning, and for parents with young children, today’s numbers give reassurance that we have all learned and adopted new behaviours of handwashing, respiratory etiquette and social distance that will serve us well as we work together to re-open retail, business and society.”
The fall in new cases is especially welcome news with the country due to begin the slow process of lifting restrictions from next Monday, May 18.
The Cabinet signed off on Phase 1 of the roadmap to reopen the country on Friday based on advice from the NPHET.
From Monday some more retail outlets and services will be allowed to reopen for the first time since March, and people will be able to meet outside in groups of up to 4, with strict social distancing.
Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Thursday 14 May (23,879 cases), reveals:
- 57% are female and 42% are male
- the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
- 3,092 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
- of those hospitalised, 389 cases have been admitted to ICU
- 7,530 cases are associated with healthcare workers
- Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,657 (49% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,357 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,346 cases (6%)
- of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 60%, close contact accounts for 37%, travel abroad accounts for 3%