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Coronavirus Ireland: Graph shows how Ireland compares to Italy and China in Covid-19 battle

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 01/04/2020 William Dunne & Sam Roberts
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A new graph has shown how Ireland compares to Italy and China in the battle against coronavirus.

Statistics from the Department of Health reveal that the Republic has recorded 65.5 confirmed cases per 100k of population.

Northern Ireland meanwhile stands at 32.6 cases, while the all-island figure for Ireland is currently 56.7.

This compares to a staggering 175 confirmed cases per 100k population in Italy, which has so far been the European country hardest hit by Covid-19.

a close up of text on a white background © Department of Health

China meanwhile has recorded a mere 5.7 cases per 100k of population, thanks in large part to their strict lockdown measures.

It comes after it was confirmed last night that seventeen more people have died from the coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland.

And 325 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 were also announced by the Department of Health.

There have now been 71 deaths related to the virus in the Republic.

A total of 3,235 patients here have now tested positive for the bug since the outbreak began.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The measures that we have recommended today should significantly enhance the preparedness and response to cases and outbreaks in nursing homes and other residential settings.

a man in a suit standing in front of a monitor: Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health pictured speaking tonight at a Covid -19 update press conference at the Department of Health © Collins Agency, Dublin Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health pictured speaking tonight at a Covid -19 update press conference at the Department of Health

“As we have said from the beginning our efforts must be focused on protecting the most vulnerable to Covid-19 and these recommendations announced today seek to achieve this."

Nine of the new reported deaths did not have any underlying conditions. The median age of the new deaths is 84.

Eight of these were in the east, three were in the south, three in the north-west and three in the west of Ireland.

Over 30,200 people in Ireland were tested for the coronavirus as of midnight on Monday.

The positivity rate has increased from 6% to 15%, due to the changes in what was required of people asking for a test.

The latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) relates to 2,677 cases confirmed as of midnight on Sunday, March 29.

It shows that:

  • 49% are male, 49% female
  • There are 118 clusters involving 494 cases
  • 22% of clusters are in private houses, 20% are in nursing homes and 18% in hospitals
  • The median age of cases is 47
  • 703 cases (26%) have been hospitalised
  • Of these, 113 are in ICU
  • 647 cases are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin remains the county with the most cases at 1,487 (55% of all cases) followed by Cork with 238 (9%)
  • Of those cases for which transmission status is known, community transmission accounts for 51%, close contacts for 26% and travel abroad for 23%

The National Public Health Emergency Team met on Tuesday and made the following recommendations:

  • To focus contact tracing on suspect cases within prioritised groups. The HPSC to update guidance to GPs and contact tracing teams.
  • Contact tracing to encompass the period from 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms given the risk of asymptomatic transmission.
  • In response to infections in long term residential care (nursing homes, disability and mental health) and homecare settings NPHET will work with the HSE to identify a number of measures which can be taken to strengthen support to staff and providers of nursing home care.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “As the number of cases increase we are getting a better picture of our experience of this virus in our community.

“Today we are providing more information on cases in healthcare workers and deaths. We will continue to provide more details as reliable data emerges.” 

a group of people sitting at a table: Members of medical personnel prepare before testing a person for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the testing site of the Erasme Hospital in Brussels, Belgium © REUTERS Members of medical personnel prepare before testing a person for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the testing site of the Erasme Hospital in Brussels, Belgium

Earlier on Tuesday, Northern Ireland announced six more people have died from the virus.

The Public Health Agency said that as of 11.10am on Tuesday, the total number of coronavirus related deaths in NI is now 28.

And 53 new positive cases of Covid-19 were also confirmed, bringing the total number of positive cases in the North to 586.

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