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Press Release

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team - Thursday 26 March

Published: 26 March 2020
From: Department of Health

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that an additional ten patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died: 3 females and 7 males.

9 patients were based in the east of the country and 1 in the south.

The median age of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who have died is 79 years. 68% are male and 32% are female.

There have now been 19 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 255 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, as at 1pm, Thursday 26 March.

There are now 1,819 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The HSE is now 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 HPSC, as of midnight, Tuesday 24 March (1,383 cases), reveals:

  • 55% are male and 45% are female, with 66 clusters involving 295 cases
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 46 years
  • 40 cases (25%) have been hospitalised
  • of those hospitalised, 47 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 321 cases (23%) are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 774, (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 154 cases (11%)
  • of those for whom transmission status is known; community transmission accounts for 51%, close contact accounts for 22%, travel abroad accounts for 27%

Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health shows that while 35% of people are worried about their personal health, 77% of people are worried about the health of their family and friends.

The nationally representative online survey of 1,270 adults conducted today, which is conducted twice weekly, reveals:

  • 66% of people say they are coughing into their elbow
  • 81% say they are physical distancing when they are in a queue
  • 65% of people are worried about the economy
  • 32% of people are worried about their employment status

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

"We are only at the beginning of the curve. We need every citizen to heed the advice and measures put in place to protect all of us.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

"We are aware COVID-19 is impacting and reshaping daily life for everyone. We can see from the data that people are most concerned about their family and friends. If you look after yourself, restrict movement and follow advice, you will ultimately protect them.”

Dr. Breda Smyth, HSE Director of Public Health, said:

"Protection from COVID-19 is literally in our hands. It is important that we continue to wash our hands and practice cough and sneeze hygiene constantly.”

Dr Colm Henry, HSE Chief Clinical Officer, said:

"While the HSE is engaged in extensive preparations for COVID-19, the more we as individuals take personal responsibility to interrupt the spread of the virus, the greater impact we can have on protecting our vulnerable people and saving lives.”

The latest statistics are also available on the COVID-19 Dashboard.

ENDS

Hospital statistics

    Total number of cases 1383
    Total number hospitalised 340
    Total number admitted to ICU 47
    Case fatality rate 0.9
    Total number of healthcare workers 321
    Number clusters notified 66
    Median age 46

*All statistics measured at midnight on Tuesday 24 March.

Gender of patients

    Gender Number % of Total
    Female 630 46
    Male 753 54
    Total 1383

*All statistics measured at midnight on Tuesday 24 March.

Age range affected

    Age Group Number % of Total
    <1 3 0
    1 - 4 5 0
    5 - 14 22 2
    15 - 24 111 8
    25 - 34 264 19
    35 - 44 246 18
    45 - 54 280 20
    55 - 64 197 14
    65+ 252 18
    Unknown 3 0
    Total 1383

*All statistics measured at midnight on Tuesday 24 March.

How COVID-19 is spreading

    Community transmission 28%
    Close contact with confirmed case 13%
    Travel Abroad 16%
    Under investigation 42%

*All statistics measured at midnight on Tuesday 24 March.

Note:

In the event that a person tests positive for COVID-19 and hasn't been abroad or had contact with another confirmed case in Ireland, that's known as community transmission.

In the event that a person who tests positive for COVID-19 can be linked to another confirmed case in Ireland, that's known as local transmission.

Healthcare workers

    Travel related 67 25%
    No foreign travel 180 64%
    Under investigation 36 13%
    Total 283

*All statistics measured at midnight on Tuesday 24 March.

Hospitalised cases by age group

    <5 2 1%
    5 - 14 2 1%
    15 - 24 16 5%
    25 - 34 38 11%
    35 - 44 29 9%
    45 - 54 64 19%
    55 - 64 56 17%
    65+ 133 39%

*All statistics measured at midnight on Tuesday 24 March.

Cases by county

    Carlow ≤5 0%
    Cavan 6 0%
    Clare 25 2%
    Cork 154 11%
    Donegal 12 1%
    Dublin 774 56%
    Galway 45 3%
    Kerry 38 3%
    Kildare 39 3%
    Kilkenny 19 1%
    Laois 9 1%
    Leitrim ≤5 0%
    Limerick 24 2%
    Longford ≤5 1%
    Louth 20 2%
    Mayo 14 1%
    Meath 27 2%
    Monaghan ≤5 0%
    Offaly 16 1%
    Roscommon ≤5 0%
    Sligo 8 1%
    Tipperary 27 2%
    Waterford 22 2%
    Westmeath 29 2%
    Wexford 8 1%
    Wicklow 49 4%

*All statistics measured at midnight on Tuesday 24 March.

≤ means 'less than or equal to'.