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An analysis of the 836 cases of COVID-19 in Ireland (as of Saturday 21 March 2020)

Published: 23 March 2020
From: Department of Health

This is not the latest update. Click here for latest updates on case numbers.

The National Public Health Emergency Team has done an analysis of the 712 cases notified as at midnight Saturday, 21 March 2020:

The data reveals:

  • 55% are male and 44% are female, with 37 clusters involving 210 cases
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 44 years
  • 239 cases (29%) have been hospitalised
  • 25 cases have been admitted to ICU (Intensive Care Unit)
  • 208 cases (25%) are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 471, (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 104 cases (12%)

Of those for whom transmission status is known:

  • community transmission accounts for 45%
  • close contact accounts for 23%
  • travel abroad accounts for 31%

Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health shows that more than 93% of the population are washing their hands more often as a result of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The nationally representative online survey of 1,270 adults conducted today, and which will

be conducted twice weekly, reveals:

  • 88% of people say they are staying at home, rather than going out
  • 84% of people say they are practicing social distancing in queues
  • 71% of people say they are sitting further apart from others
  • 75% are confident they would know what steps to take if they developed symptoms
  • 90% know the two most common symptoms (fever or cough)

If you are experiencing symptoms, such as fever and cough, self isolate and call your GP who will guide you.

Hospital statistics

    Total number of cases 836
    Total number hospitalised 239
    Total number admitted to ICU 25
    Total number of deaths 6
    Case fatality rate 0.7
    Total number of healthcare workers 208
    Number clusters notified 37
    Median age 44

*All statistics measured at midnight on Saturday 21 March.

Gender of patients

    Gender Number % of Total
    Female 369 44
    Male 460 55
    Unknown 7 1
    Total 836

*All statistics measured at midnight on Saturday 21 March.

Age range affected

    Age Group Number % of Total
    <1 3 0
    1 - 4 2 0
    5 - 14 16 2
    15 - 24 69 8
    25 - 34 166 20
    35 - 44 165 20
    45 - 54 158 19
    55 - 64 117 14
    65+ 139 17
    Unknown 1 0
    Total 836

*All statistics measured at midnight on Saturday 21 March.

How COVID-19 is spreading

    Community transmission 43%
    Close contact with confirmed case 24%
    Travel Abroad 33%

*All statistics measured at midnight on Saturday 21 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 55 26%
    No foreign travel 133 64%
    Under investigation 20 10%
    Total 208

*All statistics measured at midnight on Saturday 21 March.

Hospitalised cases by age group

    <5 2 1%
    5 - 14 2 1%
    15 - 24 14 6%
    25 - 34 31 13%
    35 - 44 26 11%
    45 - 54 42 18%
    55 - 64 37 16%
    65+ 85 36%

*All statistics measured at midnight on Saturday 21 March.

Cases by county

    Carlow ≤5 0%
    Cavan ≤5 1%
    Clare 9 1%
    Cork 104 12%
    Donegal 8 1%
    Dublin 471 56%
    Galway 33 4%
    Kerry 12 1%
    Kildare 23 3%
    Kilkenny 15 2%
    Laois 6 1%
    Leitrim ≤5 0%
    Limerick 18 2%
    Longford ≤5 1%
    Louth 13 2%
    Mayo 6 1%
    Meath 13 2%
    Monaghan ≤5 0%
    Offaly 10 1%
    Roscommon ≤5 0%
    Sligo 8 1%
    Tipperary 20 2%
    Waterford 9 1%
    Westmeath 20 2%
    Wexford ≤5 0%
    Wicklow 22 3%

*All statistics measured at midnight on Saturday 21 March.

≤ means 'less than or equal to'.