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17 new deaths to Covid-19, but just one more detection in Louth

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The death toll from Covid-19 now stands at 137 across the Republic of Ireland as of 3pm on Saturday afternoon, after 17 more people died from the virus in the last 24 hours. In total, there have now been 4,604 cases across the country, a jump of 331 in a single day.

There were 8 more deaths attributed to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland today, bringing the total number of dead there to 56 and on the island to 193. That figure represents a 33% drop on the number who died north of the border 24 hours previously. The National Public Health Emergency Team confirmed this evening that 13 of the 17 deceased persons had underlying medical conditions. The median age of those who have passed away in Ireland throughout this crisis has lowered slightly, to 81. The median age of today’s deaths is 77. Four of the dead were female and 13 were male.

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According to NPHET, 28% (1,118) cases have been hospitalised. There have now been 206 clusters found nationwide, including a total of 838 cases. The median age of those infected in these clusters is 48. Many of these have been found in nursing homes, which led to new measures being introduced today including

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 Thursday (April 2). This was compared to seven detections on Sunday (the biggest day-on-day rise in the county yet) and then just one on Monday and two on Tuesday.

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 – and now one on Wednesday – will also prompt real encouragement within the county itself than local people are adhering to guidelines.

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 eight days ago.

The number of cases found in Meath has risen to 93, up from 88 on Monday. Meanwhile, Dublin has now seen 2,251 (56% of all cases nationwide) positive Covid-19 cases. There have been 304 in Cork, 136 in Kildare (up 33 in just 24 hours), 116 in Limerick, 112 in Wicklow, 105 in Galway and 105 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 on Saturday, Dr Tony 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.”

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