The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 36 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died:
27 deaths located in the east, 6 in the north west, 3 in the south
the patients included 17 females and 19 males
24 (66.6%) patients were reported as having underlying health conditions
the median age of today’s reported deaths is 81
1388 healthcare workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19
Dublin has 3061 cases (55% of the total), followed by Cork at 421 (8%)
the transmission is as follows: community transmission 67%, local transmission 22% and travel related at 11%
There have now been 210 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. The median age of deaths in Ireland is 81. The mean age of deaths in Ireland is 79.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 345 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, as at 1pm, Tuesday 7 April.
There are now 5,709 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
To date, 42,484 tests have been carried out in laboratories across the country. 12,271 tests were carried out in these laboratories in the week to midnight, Monday 6 April.
Over this period, there has been 2,374 positive tests in Ireland, giving a positivity of 19%. This is an increase of 4% from last week.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:
"The increase is a result of a more sensitive case definition, testing people who are more likely to have the disease, including healthcare workers and those hospitalised.”
A message to the general public on behalf of the National Public Health Emergency Team:
"Today, the National Public Health Emergency Team expressed concern that a proportion of the population may seek to travel to holiday destinations, holiday homes and mobile homes across the country this weekend, despite travel restrictions in place since 27 March.
“An Garda Síochána has been visibly present on the roads this past week assisting the public with compliance and to them NPHET is grateful.
“Given the mass community transmission of COVID-19 across Europe, the European Centre for Disease Control is expected to advise of the importance of continuing public health restrictions.
“While current restrictions have reduced the number of people becoming infected by one confirmed case, this depends on people staying at home and following public health advice.
“There has been unprecedented sacrifices made across society in recent weeks to protect all people on this island from COVID-19. We urge the public, on this Easter holiday with sunshine and isolation fatigue, to stay the course and comply with the recommendations and measures in place. Stay at home and keep Ireland safe.
“COVID-19 is in our households, not only our nursing homes. It is in our community. Do the right thing. Spread the message not the virus.”