The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 43 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died:
34 deaths located in the east, 4 in the west, 5 in the south of the country
the people included 22 males and 21 females
the median age of today’s reported deaths is 84
27 people were reported as having underlying health conditions
There have now been 486* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. (1 case that was earlier reported has now been discounted.)
As of 1pm Wednesday 15 April, the HPSC has been notified of the following cases:
an additional 629 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by Irish laboratories
an additional 95 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by a laboratory in Germany
With the latest figures from Germany included, there are now a total of 13,271 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.
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of NPHET Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said:
“Our model today is showing four reproductive numbers, illustrating the different stages of the disease in Ireland over the past 6 weeks.
“We now estimate our R0 to be between 0.7 and 1.0, which means current restrictions are successfully suppressing the disease.”
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:
"The data clearly shows that there are two very different experiences of COVID-19 in Ireland today. In the population at large, the virus is contained and effectively suppressed.
“However, the experience of the disease in long-term residential care settings continues to be a source of concern.
“In order to protect the vulnerable the first task was to suppress the virus in the population at large. We are increasingly confident that we are achieving this. All of our efforts now need to be on extinguishing COVID-19 in our community residential settings, including nursing homes.”