Third Death From Covid-19 And Large Jump In Confirmed Cases

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed that a patient diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland has died. There have now been 3 deaths associated with COVID-19 in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 191 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland as of midday Thursday, 19 March.

There are now 557 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

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

The latest data from HPSC, as of midnight Tuesday 17 March (350 cases), reveals; Of the 350 cases notified, 55% are male and 43% are female, with 26 clusters

  1.  Median age of confirmed cases is 43 years
  2. 31% of cases have been hospitalised.
  3. 2% (7 cases) admitted to ICU.
  4. 84 cases associated with Healthcare workers, 28 of whom associated with foreign travel.
  5. Dublin has the highest number of cases at 172, followed by Cork (62) and Limerick (14)

Of those for whom transmission status is known, community transmission accounts for 35%, local transmission/ close contact accounts for 21%, travel abroad accounts for 43%; 71 remain under investigation.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health, said: “I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of this patient.

“It is too early to see any impact of our social distancing measures. This data underscores the importance of younger people to rigorously follow public health advice and social distancing measures.”

Dr Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health Medicine, HSE; “Healthcare workers are at the frontline of this pandemic. While it is heartening to see social distancing measures taken seriously across society, this must continue in order to protect the most vulnerable and support our healthcare staff throughout this pandemic.”

% of Total
Total number cases
350
Total number hospitalised
108
31%
Total number admitted to ICU
7
2%
Total number deaths
2
0.6%
Case fatality rate
0.6%
Total number healthcare workers
84
24%
Number clusters notified
26
7%
Median Age
43
Source: HPSC 17/3/2020
Gender
Male
192
55%
Female
152
43%
Unknown
6
2%
Total
350
Source: HPSC 17/3/2020
Age Group
<1
1
0%
1 – 4
1
0%
5 – 14
8
2%
15 – 24
38
11%
25 – 34
64
18%
35 – 44
78
22%
45 – 54
49
14%
55 – 64
54
15%
65+
57
16%
Total
350
Source: HPSC 17/3/2020
Transmission Classification
% Known
Community transmission
99
35%
Contact with a confirmed case
59
21%
Travel abroad
121
43%
Under investigation
71
Total
350
Source: HPSC 17/3/2020
Healthcare Workers
Travel related
28
33%
No foreign travel
55
65%
Under investigation
1
1%
Total
84
Source: HPSC 17/3/2020
Hospitalised cases by age group
< 5
1
1%
5 – 14
2
2%
15 – 24
9
8%
25 – 34
16
15%
35 – 44
15
14%
45 – 54
11
10%
55 – 64
23
21%
65+
31
29%
Total
108
Source: HPSC 17/3/2020
Counties
No Cases
Carlow
< = 5
Cavan
< = 5
Clare
< = 5
Donegal
< = 5
Kilkenny
< = 5
Leitrim
< = 5
Laois
< = 5
Longford
< = 5
Mayo
< = 5
Offaly
< = 5
Roscommon
< = 5
Sligo
< = 5
Tipperary
< = 5
Wexford
< = 5
Kildare
6
Louth
6
Meath
6
Kerry
6
Waterford
7
Westmeath
7
Wicklow
13
Galway
13
Limerick
14
Cork
62
Dublin
172
Source: HPSC 17/3/2020