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A total of 255 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland today, bringing the total number to 1819 in the Republic of Ireland. Ten more deaths are also being reported.

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that an additional ten patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died.

The patients are 3 female and 7 males. 9 patients in the east of the country and one in the south.
The median age of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who have died is 79 years, 68% are male and 32% are female.

There have now been 19 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 255 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland, as at 1pm, Thursday 26 March.

There are now 1,819 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The HSE is now working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Today’s data from HPSC, as of midnight, Tuesday 24th March (1,383 cases), reveals:

· 55% are male and 45% are female, with 66 clusters involving 295 cases
· The median age of confirmed cases is 46 years
· 340 cases (25%) have been hospitalised
· Of those hospitalised, 47 cases have been admitted to ICU
· 321 cases (23%) are associated with healthcare workers
· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 774, (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 154 cases (11%)
· Of those for whom transmission status is known; community transmission accounts for 51%, close contact accounts for 22%, travel abroad accounts

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