Coronavirus: 11 further deaths and 64 new cases

By William O'Connor

11 people with COVID-19 have died and 64 new cases have been confirmed today by The Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

There have now been a total 1,571 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. 

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As of 11am Wednesday, May 20, the HPSC has been notified of 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 24,315 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Monday, May 18 (24,204 cases), reveals:

57% are female and 43% are male;

the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years;

3,164 cases (13%) have been hospitalised;

Of those hospitalised, 393 cases have been admitted to ICU;

7,708 cases are associated with healthcare workers

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,733 (49% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,379 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,376 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%

Dr  Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “To date, 87% of confirmed cases diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered. This is very positive news but should not deflect from the impact this disease has had on individuals and families. In addition, it does not change the risk for any one individual who is diagnosed with the disease today, or in the future.

“Public health advice is there to provide everyone with the best protection possible. Please follow it and continue to protect yourself and each other.”

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