Thursday, May 28, 2020

This evening’s figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show there have been an additional six cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Co Kildare. The total number of confirmed cases in the county has reached 1,414.

The HPSC has today been informed that a total of nine people with COVID-19 have died. There have now been a total 1,639 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

The National Public Health Emergency Team met today to continue its review of Ireland’s ongoing response and preparedness to COVID-19.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said that “throughout this pandemic NPHET has maintained a consistent focus on mortality, being very aware of the sad toll of lost loved ones on families. A mortality paper was prepared and discussed by NPHET today and identifies that mortality in Ireland has been within the lower range in overall terms compared with other health systems across Europe. Ireland will continue to report both confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 in all settings and direct public health measures to limit the burden of mortality.”

“Today, NPHET agreed in principle to include in the case definition the sudden loss of smell (anosmia) and loss of taste (ageusia). This is subject to updated guidance from the ECDC, which is expected to be published tomorrow,” said Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health.

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, remarked that “the reproduction number is currently estimated to be 0.5. ICU and hospital admissions and number of deaths per day continue to decline. The number of cases per day remain stable. Next week we will see figures that reflect the impact of Phase 1 measures on key disease spread indictors. It is our hope that the r-number will remain below one and our progress is preserved.”

As of midnight Wednesday 27 May, the HPSC has been notified of 46 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 24,841 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Tuesday 26 May (24,795 cases), reveals:

– 57% are female and 43% are male

– The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years

– 3,267 cases (13%) have been hospitalised

– Of those hospitalised, 404 cases have been admitted to ICU

– 7,920 cases are associated with healthcare workers

– Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,996 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,458 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,414 cases (6%)

– Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 40%, close contact accounts for 58%, travel abroad accounts for 2%

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By Conor Forrest
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