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Press Release

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team - Wednesday 25 March

Published: 25 March 2020
From: Department of Health

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that two patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died.

The patients are a female and in the east of the country, with an underlying health condition and a male, in the east of the country.

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

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 235 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, as at 1pm, Wednesday 25 March.

There are now 1,564 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, Monday 23nd March (1,146 cases), reveals:

  • 55% are male and 45% are female, with 63 clusters involving 289 cases
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 45 years
  • 305 cases (26%) have been hospitalised
  • of those hospitalised, 39 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 283 cases (24%) are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 559, (57% of all cases) followed by Cork with 133 cases (11%)
  • of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 49%, close contact accounts for 23%, travel abroad accounts for 28%

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

"Our data showed yesterday that only 6% of our tests so far returned positive; so for every 100 people we test we are only finding 6 people with COVID-19. In light of this, our case definition changed.
“Changing case definition is a standard practice in managing pandemics. Ultimately, we want our 6% detected rate to increase, we want to find as many people as possible with COVID-19, isolate them and contain the spread.”

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

"We are seeking to prioritise those who are to be tested with a focus in the short-term on those who are vulnerable and those who are at the highest risk to exposure.”

Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE said:

"There has been ongoing engagement with GPs over the past 24 hours. GPs are best placed to advise individuals with symptoms whether they need a test or not. Ultimately, the test has no impact on the clinical course of this disease and the priority for anyone with symptoms is to isolate themselves.”

Information is available on the HSE website or by calling the HSE helpline 1850 24 1850.

The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again on Thursday 26 March to review Ireland’s ongoing preparedness and response to COVID-19.

You can view the department's COVID-19 Dashboard here.

ENDS

Hospital statistics

    Total number of cases 1146
    Total number hospitalised 305
    Total number admitted to ICU 39
    Total number of deaths 7
    Case fatality rate 0.6
    Total number of healthcare workers 283
    Number clusters notified 63
    Median age 45

*All statistics measured at midnight on Monday 23 March.

Gender of patients

    Gender Number % of Total
    Female 522 45
    Male 624 55
    Total 1146

*All statistics measured at midnight on Monday 23 March.

Age range affected

    Age Group Number % of Total
    <1 3 0
    1 - 4 2 0
    5 - 14 20 2
    15 - 24 94 8
    25 - 34 228 20
    35 - 44 214 18
    45 - 54 229 20
    55 - 64 165 14
    65+ 207 18
    Unknown 2 0
    Total 1146

*All statistics measured at midnight on Monday 23 March.

How COVID-19 is spreading

    Community transmission 29%
    Close contact with confirmed case 15%
    Travel Abroad 18%
    Under investigation 38%

*All statistics measured at midnight on Monday 23 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 Monday 23 March.

Hospitalised cases by age group

    <5 2 1%
    5 - 14 2 1%
    15 - 24 15 5%
    25 - 34 38 13%
    35 - 44 27 9%
    45 - 54 57 19%
    55 - 64 50 16%
    65+ 114 37%

*All statistics measured at midnight on Monday 23 March.

Cases by county

    Carlow ≤5 0%
    Cavan ≤5 1%
    Clare 12 1%
    Cork 133 12%
    Donegal 11 1%
    Dublin 659 57%
    Galway 40 3%
    Kerry 33 3%
    Kildare 34 3%
    Kilkenny 16 1%
    Laois 9 1%
    Leitrim ≤5 0%
    Limerick 19 2%
    Longford ≤5 1%
    Louth 18 2%
    Mayo 9 1%
    Meath 24 2%
    Monaghan ≤5 0%
    Offaly 13 1%
    Roscommon ≤5 0%
    Sligo 8 1%
    Tipperary 20 2%
    Waterford 15 1%
    Westmeath 25 2%
    Wexford 7 0%
    Wicklow 39 3%

*All statistics measured at midnight on Monday 23 March.

≤ means 'less than or equal to'.

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