Coronavirus and Ireland

It was announced last night 302 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with three additional deaths bringing the total confirmed cases to 2,121 and the total of covid-19 related deaths to 22.

People of Ireland wake up under stricter restrictions on moment this morning. This comes in the wake of a Health Service Executive (HSE) that is about to burst at the seams due to the lowest capacity in Europe and a rapid increase in intensive care unit (ICU) beds in use.

March 27th has the biggest increase in cases reported and more worryingly a massive increase in usage in the ICU from 39 on Wednesday to 71 by Friday an 82.1% increase.

Data from HPSC, as of midnight, Wednesday 25 March (1,639 cases), reveals:

  • 54% are male and 46% are female, with 79 clusters involving 317 cases
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 46 years
  • 419 cases (26%) have been hospitalised
  • of those hospitalised, 59 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 375 cases (23%) are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 922, (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 171 cases (10%)
  • of those for whom transmission status is known; community transmission accounts for 52%, close contact accounts for 22%, travel abroad accounts for 26%.



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