Coronavirus: Eight further deaths and 393 new cases

Coronavirus: Eight further deaths and 393 new cases

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of eight additional deaths related to COVID-19.

Of the deaths notified today three occurred in May, two occurred in March and three occurred in February or earlier.

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The median age of those who died was 79 years and the age range was 55 – 97 years. 

There has been a total of 4,921* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Wednesday, May 5, the HPSC has been notified of 393 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There is now a total of 251,474** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 175 are men / 211 are women
  • 79% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 28 years old
  • 173 in Dublin, 42 in Cork, 34 in Kildare, 26 in Donegal, 15 in Meath and the remaining 103 cases are spread across 20 other counties***.

As of 8am today, 131 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 36 are in ICU.

16 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of Tuesday, May 4, 1,655,866 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 1,201,373 people have received their first dose
  • 454,493 people have received their second dose

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We all want the easing of restrictions next week to be a significant turning point in this pandemic.

“We have worked so hard to reduce the spread of this disease. More than 30% of adults have now been vaccinated with one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Ireland and it is time to feel hopeful and to start planning our summer.

“The choices we make now are vital to minimise the incidence of COVID-19 throughout May and June. Prioritise being outside and avoid crowds.

“Know the symptoms – self-isolate immediately and phone your GP if you have them. By protecting yourself, you are protecting everyone you know from infection.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. 

* Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 4,921 confirmed deaths reflects this.

** Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 confirmed case. The figure of 251,474 confirmed cases reflects this. 

*** County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

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