Number of coronavirus cases in Galway confirmed by Dept of Health

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

The Department of Health has tonight released a breakdown of coronavirus cases in each county.

Galway has 12 confirmed cases, the fourth highest in the state, as of midday today (18 March).

The number across Ireland has risen by 74 to 434, with the majority in Dublin. 366 of these cases are in the Republic.

The 74 new cases are made up of 29 females and 45 males

Co. Dublin has 129 cases, Cork has 48 and Limerick, 14.

Leitrim, Laois and Monaghan have no confirmed cases.

The Department of Health has also said of the 271 cases notified on Monday night, 40% are male and 59% female, with 23 clusters.

To date 42% cases are travel related, 22% associated with community transmission, 17% are as a result of local transmission and 20% remain under investigation.

One in five cases are healthcare workers with 37% of these cases associated with travel.

Two thirds of cases are younger than 55 years, with almost one in four cases aged 35 – 44 years.

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan said : “Again, today we are seeing another increase in case numbers. The importance of social distancing cannot be underestimated. Everyone must play their role.”

“Reduce your social contacts to those in your closest family network.

“Practice social distancing. Stop shaking hands and hugging when you say hello.”