The nationwide death toll from Covid-19 has risen to nine with two more people succumbing to the Covid-19 virus in the 24 hour period up to 1pm today (Wednesday, March 25). There have been 235 new cases in the Republic of Ireland in the last day.
There have now been 1,564 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ireland. There are 18 positive cases of Covid-19 in county Louth, up two from the same time on Tuesday. Starkly, the number of cases in Meath has shot up by 50% in just 24 hours – from 16 on Tuesday to 24 today.
The two deceased persons were both from the east of the country – a man and a woman. The women, according to NPHET, had underlying health conditions. Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan said he was not made aware of any health issues relating to the deceased male.
There have now been 659 cases in Dublin, 133 in Cork, 40 in Galway, 33 in Kerry, 20 in Tipperary and 19 in Limerick. 300 people have now been hospitalised with Covid-19 (up 8.3%) and 39 people nationwide have been admitted to ICU, ad additional three to the number from Tuesday.
A Covid-19 testing centre is currently being built at DkiT in Dundalk in anticipation of a spike in testing requirements in the coming days. It is understood to be taking it’s first test patients on Friday. To this point, tests in Louth have been carried out at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
So far, 55% of cases in Ireland have been male, with a median age of 45%. Speaking this evening, Dr Holohan said that the number of contacts per case was down to five – having been at 20 two weeks ago and 10 a week ago. “This gives us encouragement in terms of compliance with social distancing,” he said.
Globally, there have been 413,467 cases with 18,433 deaths spread across 196 countries.
“Our data showed yesterday that only 6% of our tests so far returned positive; so for every 100 people we test we are only finding 6 people with COVID-19. In light of this, our case definition changed. Changing case definition is a standard practice in managing pandemics,” Dr Holohan continued. “Ultimately, we want our 6% detected rate to increase, we want to find as many people as possible with COVID-19, isolate them and contain the spread.”
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “We are seeking to prioritise those who are to be tested with a focus in the short-term on those who are vulnerable and those who are at the highest risk to exposure.”