The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 8 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died.
6 of the fatalities were in the east, 1 in the south and 1 in the west of the country. The patients included 5 females and 3 males.
The median age of today’s reported deaths is 86, while 6 patients were reported as having underlying health conditions.
There have now been 54 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 295 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, none of those were in Clare, where the county total today remains at 34.
It brings to 2,910 the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
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.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We are beginning to see encouraging signs in our efforts to flatten the curve. However, we cannot become complacent as we are still seeing new cases and more ICU admissions every day.
“Our strategy remains the implementation of public health restrictions to interrupt the spread of the virus and prevent people from arriving to ICU in first place.”
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group (IEMAG), said; “We know what an unmitigated epidemic looks like, we are not on that track.
“The model reveals that before restrictions were in place, daily growth rate of confirmed cases was at 33%. This has fallen in recent days to around 15%. But it is still growing and needs to fall further.
“It takes time to see the impact of our efforts in the numbers. It will be another 7-10 days before we have a reliable picture of how effective our collective efforts have been.”