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An analysis of the 712 cases of COVID-19 in Ireland (as of Friday 20 March 2020)

Published: 22 March 2020
From: Department of Health

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The National Public Health Emergency Team has done an analysis of the 712 cases notified as at midnight Friday, 20 March 2020:

The data reveals:

  • of the 712 cases notified, 55% are male and 44% are female, with 35 clusters involving 190 cases
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 44 years
  • 211 cases (30%) have been hospitalised
  • of those hospitalised, 17 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 159 cases (22%) are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 402, (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 101 cases (14%)
  • there is now at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 in every county in Ireland

Of those for whom transmission status is known:

  • community transmission accounts for 44%
  • close contact accounts for 23%
  • travel abroad accounts for 33%.

Hospital statistics

    Total number of cases 712
    Total number hospitalised 211
    Total number admitted to ICU 17
    Total number of deaths 4
    Case fatality rate 0.6
    Total number of healthcare workers 159
    Number clusters notified 35
    Median age 44

*All statistics measured at midnight on Friday, 20 March.

Gender of patients

    Gender Number % of Total
    Female 311 44
    Male 393 55
    Unknown 8 1
    Total 712

*All statistics measured at midnight on Friday, 20 March.

Age range affected

    Age Group Number % of Total
    <1 3 0
    1 - 4 2 0
    5 - 14 12 2
    15 - 24 63 9
    25 - 34 127 18
    35 - 44 149 21
    45 - 54 132 19
    55 - 64 101 15
    65+ 122 17
    Unknown 1 0
    Total 712

*All statistics measured at midnight on Friday, 20 March.

How COVID-19 is spreading

    Community transmission 44%
    Close contact with confirmed case 23%
    Travel Abroad 33%
    Under investigation 258

*All statistics measured at midnight on Friday, 20 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 42 26%
    No foreign travel 106 67%
    Under investigation 11 7%
    Total 159

*All statistics measured at midnight on Friday, 20 March.

Hospitalised cases by age group

    <5 2 1%
    5 - 14 2 1%
    15 - 24 13 6%
    25 - 34 27 13%
    35 - 44 22 10%
    45 - 54 40 18%
    55 - 64 34 16%
    65+ 71 34%

*All statistics measured at midnight on Friday, 20 March.

Cases by county

    Carlow ≤5 0.4%
    Cavan ≤5 1%
    Clare 7 1%
    Cork 101 14%
    Donegal ≤5 1%
    Dublin 402 57%
    Galway 25 4%
    Kerry 9 1%
    Kildare 20 3%
    Kilkenny 11 2%
    Laois 6 1%
    Leitrim ≤5 0%
    Limerick 15 2%
    Longford ≤5 1%
    Louth 11 2%
    Mayo ≤5 0%
    Meath 11 2%
    Monaghan ≤5 0%
    Offaly 9 1%
    Roscommon ≤5 0%
    Sligo ≤5 1%
    Tipperary 8 1%
    Waterford 9 1%
    Westmeath 16 2%
    Wexford ≤5 0%
    Wicklow 22 3%

*All statistics measured at midnight on Friday, 20 March.

≤ means 'less than or equal to'.