The death toll from Covid-19 now stands at 120 across the Republic of Ireland, after 22 more people died from the virus in the last 24 hours. In total, there have now been 4,273 cases across the country, a jump of 424 in a single day.
There were 12 more deaths attributed to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of dead there to 48 and on the island to 168. That figure represents double the number who died north of the border 24 hours previously. Speaking this evening, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said that 16 of the 22 deceased persons had underlying medical conditions. The median age of those who have passed away in Ireland throughout this crisis is 82. 11 of the dead were female and 11 male.
Dr Holohan confirmed that there have now been 171 clusters found nationwide, including a total of 626 cases. The median age of those infected in these clusters is 48.
In Louth, there was two new detections of the coronavirus found among those tested in the county in the 24 hours to 12am on Wednesday (April 1). This was compared to seven detections on Sunday (the biggest day-on-day rise in the county yet) and just one on Monday.
The increase of cases in Louth on Sunday – seven – was the biggest day-on-day rise yet in the county as testing ramped up over the weekend and beyond. However, the rise of one case reported on Monday was the smallest since Wednesday March 18, almost two weeks earlier – prompting some encouragement that measures such as social distancing and bans on non-essential travel were working. A rate of two new cases detected in Louth on Tuesday will also prompt encouragement within the county itself.
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 a week ago.
The number of cases found in Meath has risen to 88, up from 74 on Monday. Meanwhile, Dublin has now seen 2,077 positive Covid-19 cases. There have been 292 in Cork, 105 in Wicklow, 103 in Kildare, 98 in Galway and 96 in Limerick and 94 in 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 at his daily briefing at the Department of Health on Friday evening, Dr Holohan said, “We are concerned with the number of clusters identified in nursing homes. We have identified a range of measures, working with the HSE. We need to see continuous actions being taken to reduce the risk of transmission in nursing home and long-term residential facilities.”
Dr. Colm Henry, Clinical Chief Officer, HSE, added; “There is now a clear picture of more severe illness in older people. This underlines the importance of our advice on cocooning and requires all of us to support any vulnerable people who find themselves in isolation.”
Earlier on Monday, the President of the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine Dr Emily O’Connor said evidence from the United Kingdom suggested that a surge in cases of Covid-19 is will happen “quickly and strongly” over the next two weeks. She said a large number of people will become seriously ill “quickly and at the same time.”