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Coronavirus Ireland update: Nine of the 17 new Covid-19 deaths in Republic had no underlying conditions

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 31/03/2020 William Dunne
General view of a statue in Dublin as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Dublin, Ireland, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff © Thomson Reuters General view of a statue in Dublin as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Dublin, Ireland, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

Nine of the 17 patients who have recently died from the coronavirus in Ireland had no underlying conditions.

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

General view quiet streets in Dublin as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Dublin, Ireland, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff © Thomson Reuters General view quiet streets in Dublin as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Dublin, Ireland, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

The median age of the 17 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.

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

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

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

a screenshot of a cell phone: The age profile of Ireland's coronavirus cases © Provided by Irish Mirror The age profile of Ireland's coronavirus cases

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.

“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."

A man looks at his phone in Dublin as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Dublin, Ireland, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff © Thomson Reuters A man looks at his phone in Dublin as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Dublin, Ireland, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

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.

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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.
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  • Contact tracing to encompass the period from 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms given the risk of asymptomatic transmission.
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  • 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.

Anyone who may have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19, is advised to contact HSE Live via 1850 24 1850 or on the HSE website here

If you are unwell with a cough, especially with respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever) you should isolate yourself immediately and phone your GP.

If you have a COVID-19 related travel query, you can call the dedicated advice centre on (01)613 1733.

Follow the government’s latest travel advice here

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