The death toll from Covid-19 now stands at 98 across the Republic of Ireland, after 13 more people died from the virus in the last 24 hours. In total, there have now been 3,849 cases across the country, a jump of 402 in a single day.
There were six more deaths attributed to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of dead there to 36 and on the island to 134. Speaking this evening, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said that 10 of the 13 deceased persons had underlying medical conditions. The median age of those who passed away today was 82. Four of the dead were female and nine male.
In Louth, there was just one new detection of the coronavirus found among those tested in the county in the 24 hours to 12am on Tuesday (March 31). This was compared to seven detections in the previous day, the biggest day-on-day rise in the county yet.
The increase of cases in Louth on Monday – seven – was the biggest day-on-day rise yet in the county as testing ramped up over the weekend and beyond. Tests are being carried out at a drive-through centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology and, previously, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Testing
began in Dundalk last Friday.
The number of cases found in Meath has risen to 74, up from 66 on Monday. Meanwhile, Dublin has now seen 1,828 positive Covodi-19 cases. There have been 272 in Cork, 94 in Limerick and 91 in Galway and Tipperary.
Positive cases of Covid-19 in Louth
Click below to see how positive cases of Covid-19 have increased day-on-day in Louth.
Speaking to the media on Thursday evening, Dr Holohan said, “We have a more detailed ICU report available this evening. Of 148 cases admitted to ICU, 25 of those cases have been discharged, sadly there have been 14 deaths from ICU and 109 remain in ICU. The median age of ICU admission is 62.”
He also encouraged persons who may be suffering other illnesses unrelated to Covid-19 to seek medical help and not ignore their symptoms in light of pressure on the health services.
“I would also like to highlight a worrying scene I witnessed during my visit to hospital on Tuesday evening; empty waiting rooms and empty beds. While protecting yourself from COVID-19 is a priority, no one should ignore signs that they may need medical attention for other ailments such as lumps, chest pain or other concerns. Please do not ignore any symptom outside of COVID-19. The hospitals are there for all ailments, not just COVID-19.”