Eleven more Coronavirus related deaths, but no new cases in Cavan

Eleven more people have died as a result of the Coronavirus, the latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) have shown

It brings to 1,592 the death toll from the virus to date, since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on February 29 last.

The HPSC confirmed that, as of 11am today (Friday), May 22, it has been notified of 115 confirmed new cases of COVID-19. There have now been a total of 24,506 positive COVID-19 test results in the Republic of Ireland.

Wednesday, May 20, is the latest date for which county by county figures are available. They show 804 confirmed cases of the virus to date in County Cavan and 489 in County Monaghan. Those figures showed no new cases in Cavan compared to the previous day and just one in Monaghan.

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

Data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Wednesday, May 20 (24,351 cases), reveals:

• 57% are female and 43% are male

• the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years

• 3,194 cases (13%) have been hospitalised

• Of those hospitalised, 393 cases have been admitted to ICU

• 7,791 cases are associated with healthcare workers

• Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,794 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,398 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,383 cases (6%)

• Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 60%, close contact accounts for 37%, travel abroad accounts for 3%

The National Public Health Emergency Team met today (Friday 22 May) to review Ireland’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Health, said; “Today NPHET recommended that the HSE build on the very significant work to date in expanding the testing capacity, to ensure that there is an integrated and coordinated clinical and public health-informed approach to the establishment and implementation of a national testing strategy.”

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health, said; “Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health shows that 86% of people rate their knowledge on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as high. This is essential knowledge for all of society to have and use as we move safely through the phases ahead.”

Dr Siobhán Ni Bhriain, consultant psychiatrist and integrated care lead HSE, said; “Individual health is never more important than it is during this time of pandemic. I would encourage every member of society to register with a GP and establish an access point to the healthcare system.”

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of two deaths. The figure of 1,592 deaths reflects this.

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