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Coronavirus: 10 Further Deaths And 200 New Cases Confirmed In Ireland

Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

05:52 29 Mar 2020


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A further 10 people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland have died, the Department of Health confirmed.

It brings the total number of deaths related to the outbreak of coronavirus here to 46.

Six of the people who passed away were located in the east of the country, three were in the northwest and one in the south. The median age of today’s reported deaths is 77.

Eight of the patients were male and two were female.

An additional 200 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed in the Republic, with 2,615 people now having tested positive for COVID-19 as of 1pm today.

In terms of the island of Ireland, a total of 103 coronavirus-related deaths have now been recorded.

It comes after an additional six people who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 died in Northern Ireland.

410 new cases were also confirmed today, bringing the total number of cases across the Republic and Northern Ireland to over 3000.

Data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre relating to today's figures shows that, as of midnight on Friday, 564 patients with COVID-19 have been hospitalised.

506 healthcare workers have tested positive for the virus.

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 56%, while there are 103 clusters nationwide.

Commenting this evening, the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: "Today, we are informed of a further 10 deaths. Our condolences are with the family and friends of all patients who have died as a result of COVID-19.

“While we continue to build our capacity for intensive care, our strategy remains to prevent people from needing intensive care in the first place.

“We know the virus will not survive if we prevent it from passing among ourselves. The enhanced restrictions announced on Friday aim to slow down and restrict the spread of the virus.

“We are asking everyone to embrace the new restrictions and follow public health advice to stay home and restrict your movements for the next two weeks. It is in all our hands to interrupt the spread of this virus.”

Main image: Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan at the Department of Health nightly briefing last week. Photo: RollingNews.ie

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