Covid-19: Further 13 deaths, 76 more confirmed cases

Covid-19: Further 13 deaths, 76 more confirmed cases

The Department of Health has announced that a further 13 people who had been diagnosed with Covid-19 in Ireland have died, bringing the overall death toll here to 1,604. The department has also announced an additional 76 confirmed cases of the virus. It brings the overall number of cases in Ireland to 24,582. Latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, as of midnight on Thursday, show that healthcare workers account for just shy of 32% of all cases. Of the 24,451 cases confirmed so far, healthcare workers account for 7,813. 13% of cases so far - over 3,211 – have been hospitalised. Of these, 393 required admission to intensive care. The median age of cases is 48, with a split of 57% female and 43% male. Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,830, accounting for 48% of all cases. This is followed by Cork with 1,420 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,387 cases (6%). For those whom transmission status is known community transmission accounts for 60%, close contact accounts for 38%, and travel abroad accounts for 2%. Read more: Taoiseach says no change to 2m social distance advice Harris urges public not to get ahead of themselves Galway market forced to close early over social-distancing concerns The figures come as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar earlier reaffirmed that the two-metre social distancing rule "stands", and there has been "no change" to the public health advice. Mr Varadkar made the remark this morning after it was revealed that ...
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