The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of an additional 13 Covid-19 related deaths today, bringing the national death toll in this pandemic to 1,604.
The HPSC has also had 76 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed today. There have now been a total of 24,582 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
Another four cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Galway today, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 455.
Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death.
Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Thursday 21 May (24,451 cases), reveals:
57% are female and 43% are male
the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
3,211 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
of those hospitalised, 393 cases have been admitted to ICU
7,813 cases are associated with healthcare workers
Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,830 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,420 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,387 cases (6%)
of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 60%, close contact accounts for 38%, travel abroad accounts for 2%
The Taoiseach said today that there will be no change in the 2m social distancing guidelines, after a number of Cabinet Ministers reportedly raised the matter.
It was pointed out that the World Health Organisation’s guidelines currently state that 1m of distancing is sufficient.