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Press Release

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team - Wednesday 18 March

Published: 18 March 2020
From: Department of Health

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 74 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The cases are made up of 29 females and 45 males.

There have been 2 deaths associated with COVID-19 in Ireland.

There are now 366 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 has made available an analysis of the 271 cases notified as at midnight Monday, 16 March 2020:

  • of the 271 cases notified, 40% are male and 59% female, with 23 clusters
  • to date 42% cases are travel related, 22% associated with community transmission, 17% are as a result of local transmission and 20% remain under investigation
  • two thirds of cases are younger than 55 years, with almost one in four cases aged 35 – 44 years
  • 1 in 5 cases are healthcare workers with 37% of these cases associated with travel
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 129, followed by Cork (48) and Limerick (14)

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

"Again, today we are seeing another increase in case numbers. The importance of social distancing cannot be underestimated. Everyone must play their role.
“We need to continue maximising our efforts to interrupt new transmission chains and keep clusters under control.
“Reduce your social contacts to those in your closest family network. Practice social distancing. Stop shaking hands and hugging when you say hello.”

ENDS

Hospital statistics

    Source: HSPC Number of people *% of total
    Total number hospitalised 84 31
    Total number admitted to ICU 6 2
    Total number deaths 2 0.7
    Case fatality rate 2 0.7
    Total number healthcare workers 59 22
    Number clusters notified 23

*All statistics measured on 16 March.

Age range affected

    Age group Number of people % of total
    <1 1 0
    1 - 4 0 0
    5 - 14 4 1
    15 - 24 28 10
    25 - 34 48 18
    35 - 44 62 23
    45 - 54 40 15
    55 - 64 46 17
    65+ 42 15

*All statistics measured on 16 March.

How COVID-19 is spreading

    Transmission classification Number of people % of total
    Community transmission 60 22
    Contact with a confirmed case 45 17
    Travel abroad 113 42
    Under investigation 53 20

*All statistics measured on 16 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 22 37%
    No foreign travel 36 61%
    Under investigation 1 2%
    Total 59 100%

*All statistics measured on 16 March.

Cases by county

    County Number of cases
    Carlow ≤ 5
    Cavan ≤ 5
    Clare ≤ 5
    Donegal ≤ 5
    Kildare ≤ 5
    Kilkenny ≤ 5
    Longford ≤ 5
    Louth ≤ 5
    Mayo ≤ 5
    Meath ≤ 5
    Offaly ≤ 5
    Roscommon ≤ 5
    Sligo ≤ 5
    Tipperary ≤ 5
    Wexford ≤ 5
    Kerry 6
    Waterford 7
    Westmeath 7
    Wicklow 9
    Galway 12
    Limerick 14
    Cork 48
    Dublin 129

*All statistics measured on 16 March.

< means 'less than'.

≤ means 'less than or equal to'.

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