The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 14 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died.
10 of the fatalities are located in the East and 4 in the South. The patients included 7 females and 7 males. 8 of them were reported as having underlying health conditions.
There have now been 85 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
The median age of deaths in Ireland is 82.
212 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Ireland today, including 5 in Clare. It means there are 45 cases recorded in this county and 3,447 across the country.
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.
Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health shows that 65% of people in Ireland are engaging in digital interactions with family and friends.
The nationally representative online survey of 1,270 adults conducted today, and which will be conducted twice weekly, reveals that 89% believe current social distancing measures are appropriate, 94% are confident in their ability to adhere to new restrictions, while 85% feel they have adapted to changes since COVID-19 and know the steps to take if they develop symptoms.
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Our research suggests that 1 in 3 people are worried about their health, with 3 out of 4 worried about the health of their families and friends.
“People are taking action to look after their wellbeing. Two thirds of people are conversing with family and friend’s by using phone and internet.
“Restrictions do not mean you stop maintaining your relationships or your health. Adapt your hobbies; go for walks, exercise and do the things that maintain wellbeing within the limits of physical distancing and public health advice.
“I can confirm that expanded contact tracing for all confirmed cases for the 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms, as decided by National Public Health Emergency Team will commence this week. This will reduce transmission of the virus.”
Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE said; “The public health messaging remains the same for all patients awaiting testing. Assume you have COVID19 and isolate. Each and everyone of you can break the chain of transmission of the virus, save lives and reduce illness among vulnerable groups.”