There have been two additional deaths as a result of coronavirus reported this evening. Two males in the east of the country have sadly passed away from the virus.
Details of ages are not being given in regard to the two new deaths as the number of deaths is still only at six and the department is reluctant to give any information until there are more deaths.
The Department of health has revealed that there have been an additional 219 cases of the virus diagnosed in the last 24 hours, bringing our total to 1,121.
As of midnight on Saturday, of 836 cases, 55% of them were male. The median age was 44 years. There were 37 clusters of infection involving 2010 cases. 239 of them had been admitted to hospital at some point, but for public health reasons in many cases. 25 people have been admitted to intensive care. 208 (25% approx) are healthcare workers.
In terms of distribution around the country, all counties have experienced at least one case with Dublin having 56% of cases (471 cases in total). 45% of the total represents community transmission.
Globally, there have been 332,935 cases, with 14,510 deaths across 190 countries.
Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan has said that market research that has been carried out in the past week revealed that:
- 93% of people report that they are washing their hands more
- 88% are staying home more
- 84% are distancing themselves from others
- 71% more likely to sit further apart
- 75% know what steps to take if they experience symptoms
Tens of thousands of people are seeking tests on a daily basis, according to Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan and there is a huge backlog of tests to get through.
"The average wait time for a test is longer than we would like," he explained, "but we're on our way to a substantial increase in testing capacity, which will free up the number of tests that we can do and will reduce significantly the turnaround time for the tests that are being done."
If you are experiencing symptoms, such as fever and cough, self isolate and call your GP who will guide you.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We understand the anxiety this outbreak may be causing people. All aspects of our public health advice are constantly reviewed by the National Public Health Emergency Team and we will not hesitate to take more measures where necessary, based on epidemiological evidence and in proportion with Ireland’s experience of this outbreak.
“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.”
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health; “The key response that every individual can make if they are experiencing symptoms is to self isolate. While we continue to increase testing in Ireland, in line with WHO guidelines, the most important action that can be taken against this virus is isolation and social distancing.”