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Press Release

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team - Thursday 19 March

Published: 19 March 2020
From: Department of Health

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed that a patient diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland has died.

There have now been 3 deaths associated with COVID-19 in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 191 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland as of midday Thursday, 19 March.

There are now 557 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 latest data from Health Protection Surveillance Centre, as of midnight Tuesday 17 March (350 cases), reveals:

  • of the 350 cases notified, 55% are male and 43% are female, with 26 clusters
  • median age of confirmed cases is 43 years
  • 31% of cases have been hospitalised
  • 2% (7 cases) admitted to ICU
  • 84 cases are associated with healthcare workers, 28 of whom are associated with foreign travel
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 172, followed by Cork (62) and Limerick (14)

Of those for whom transmission status is known:

  • community transmission accounts for 35%
  • local transmission/ close contact accounts for 21%
  • travel abroad accounts for 43%
  • 71 remain under investigation

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

"I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of this patient.
“It is too early to see any impact of our social distancing measures. This data underscores the importance of younger people to rigorously follow public health advice and social distancing measures.”

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

"Healthcare workers are at the frontline of this pandemic. While it is heartening to see social distancing measures taken seriously across society, this must continue in order to protect the most vulnerable and support our healthcare staff throughout this pandemic.”

ENDS

These statistics are from midnight on 17 March, so do not include the last 2 day's statistics which are still being measured.

Hospital statistics

    Source: HSPC Number of people *% of total
    Total number of cases 350
    Total number hospitalised 108 31
    Total number admitted to ICU 7 2
    Total number deaths 2 0.6
    Case fatality rate 0.6
    Total number healthcare workers 84 24
    Number clusters notified 26 7
    Median age 43

*All statistics measured at midnight, 17 March.

Age range affected

    Age group Number of people % of total
    <1 1 0
    1 - 4 1 0
    5 - 14 8 2
    15 - 24 38 11
    25 - 34 64 18
    35 - 44 78 22
    45 - 54 49 14
    55 - 64 54 15
    65+ 57 16
    Total 350

*All statistics measured at midnight, 17 March.

How COVID-19 is spreading

    Transmission classification Number of people % known
    Community transmission 99 35
    Contact with a confirmed case 59 21
    Travel abroad 121 43
    Under investigation 71 20

*All statistics measured at midnight, 17 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 28 33%
    No foreign travel 55 65%
    Under investigation 1 1%
    Total 59 100%

*All statistics measured at midnight, 17 March.

Cases by county

    County Number of cases
    Carlow ≤ 5
    Cavan ≤ 5
    Clare ≤ 5
    Donegal ≤ 5
    Kilkenny ≤ 5
    Laois ≤ 5
    Leitrim ≤ 5
    Longford ≤ 5
    Mayo ≤ 5
    Offaly ≤ 5
    Roscommon ≤ 5
    Sligo ≤ 5
    Tipperary ≤ 5
    Wexford ≤ 5
    Kildare 6
    Louth 6
    Kerry 6
    Meath 6
    Waterford 7
    Westmeath 7
    Wicklow 13
    Galway 13
    Limerick 14
    Cork 62
    Dublin 172

*All statistics measured at midnight, 17 March.

< means 'less than'.

≤ means 'less than or equal to'.

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