14 new coronavirus deaths confirmed in Ireland today bringing death toll to 36

294 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

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14 new coronavirus deaths confirmed in Ireland today bringing death toll to 36

There have been 14 new deaths confirmed in Ireland today as a result of coronavirus.

All 14 deaths are located in the east of the country and the median age of today's deaths is 81.

These tragic passing of the 14 people brings the death toll in Ireland to 36.

There have also been 294 new coronavirus cases confirmed in the country, bringing the total confirmed cases to 2,415.

The HSE is now 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 HPSC, as of midnight, Thursday 26th March (1,904 cases), reveals:

  • 53% are male and 46% are female, with 91 clusters involving 351 cases
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 46 years
  • 489 cases (26%) have been hospitalised
  • of those hospitalised, 67 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 445 cases are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 1070, (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 184 cases (10%)
  • of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 52%, close contact accounts for
  • 23%, travel abroad accounts for 25%

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Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

"Today, we have our highest recorded number of deaths so far. Our condolences are with the family and friends of all patients who have died as a result of COVID-19.
 
“We thank all citizens who have complied with restrictive measures, who continue to follow public health advice and remain concerned for those around them.
 
“We must remain focused in our shared efforts to prevent the spread of this infection, to prevent severe illness especially that which requires ICU admission and ultimately save lives.”
 
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

"The Department of Health, HSE and our frontline workers will continue to take every action against COVID-19, but it is each and every one of us, individually, who has the power to reduce this threat. Stay at home, follow the advice and protect one another.”

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