Two more deaths and 219 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Ireland

James Marshall
March 24, 2020

The HSE said it is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

The Department of Health said that the man who died was from the east of the country and had an underlying health condition.

In a statement, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, said all of the restrictions that were imposed earlier this month are constantly being reviewed.

Analysis of Saturday's 836 cases showed there was an additional two people in Clare receiving treatment for Covid-19.

29% of people who have COVID-19 have been hospitalised, and of those cases, 25 have been admitted to ICU.

Nearly a quarter (208) of all cases are associated with healthcare workers while 56% (471) of all cases were detected in the Dublin area.

Dublin remains the county with the highest number of cases- over half at 56%, followed by Cork with 101 cases (14%).

Of those for whom transmission status is known, community transmission accounts for 42%, close contact accounts for 23%, travel overseas accounts for 35%.

Ireland is planning to ramp up coronavirus testing to cut a waiting list that stands at 40,000, over three times the number tested this week alone, Health Service Executive (HSE) operations chief Anne O'Connor told a news conference.

"We are also asking An Garda Siochana to assist in encouraging the public to abide by the public health advice on social distancing by encouraging any groups congregating in public to disperse". He added, "We understand the anxiety this outbreak may be causing people".

"I would like to acknowledge the efforts of everyone adhering to public health advice". "Public health doctors carrying out contact tracing are advising that confirmed cases are now reporting fewer contacts, which is an encouraging sign that people are following the public health guidance".

Dr Holohan said anyone waiting to be tested should act as though their test is positive and should self isolate while waiting.

Dr Holohan said that while there is now a delay in testing, people waiting should still stay at home and isolate, along with their household contacts.

Social distancing has been re-named physical distancing - people can continue to be socially connected but must try to stay six feet apart when outside their household.

"The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again tomorrow morning, where we will continue to review Ireland's response and make further recommendations where appropriate".

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