The HPSC has been informed of 54 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland:
There have been 2 deaths associated with COVID-19 in Ireland.
There are now 223 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 National Public Health Emergency Team met today, Monday 16 March, and made the following decisions:
Today, the WHO called on all countries to test every suspected case of COVID-19. There are now 5 hospital sites around the country (in addition to the NVRL) providing testing. This number will increase over the coming week. Additional laboratory capacity will be accessed as required.
Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE said:
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:
Research published today by Amárach has shown that 84% of the population know the symptoms of COVID-19, more than three quarters (78%) are staying at home more often and 45% of all employees have started working from home.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: