The Department of Health has confirmed eight more deaths, bringing the total to 54 number of cases in Ireland.
There have been 295 new cases confirmed in Ireland bringing to 2,910 confirmed cases in total.
Of the deaths six were in the east, one was in the south and one was in the west. Three were males and five were females.
In Offaly, the number of confirmed cases stands at 34 based on the latest figures, just over 1% of the country's total. This was a jump of five on the figures revealed on Sunday with the overall number in the county increasing somewhat as a result of a testing centre opening in Tullamore last week. There are 14 cases in neighbouring Laois and 70 in Westmeath.
Without the measures taken in recent weeks, it is expected that 3,000 cases should have been reported today and a total of 15,000 people infected.
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, Saturday 28th March (2,475 cases), reveals:
· 50% are male and 49% are female, with 111 clusters involving 428 cases
· the median age of confirmed cases is 47 years
· 645 cases (26%) have been hospitalised
· Of those hospitalised, 84 cases have been admitted to ICU
· 578 cases (23%) are associated with healthcare workers
· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 1,393 (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 217 cases (9%)
· Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 50%, close contact accounts for 27%, travel abroad accounts for 23%
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We are beginning to see encouraging signs in our efforts to flatten the curve. However, we cannot become complacent as we are still seeing new cases and more ICU admissions every day.
“Our strategy remains the implementation of public health restrictions to interrupt the spread of the virus and prevent people from arriving to ICU in first place.”
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group (IEMAG), said; “We know what an unmitigated epidemic looks like, we are not on that track.
“The model reveals that before restrictions were in place, daily growth rate of confirmed cases was at 33%. This has fallen in recent days to around 15%. But it is still growing and needs to fall further.
“It takes time to see the impact of our efforts in the numbers. It will be another 7-10 days before we have a reliable picture of how effective our collective efforts have been.”
The Department of Health recently published an “Ethical Framework for Decision-Making in a Pandemic”. Dr. Siobhán O’Sullivan, Chief Bioethics Officer, Department of Health, said; “Clinicians have to make tough decisions, often on a daily basis. This framework has been developed to support clinicians in making sound clinical judgement, within a very complex environment.
“We will continue to support our healthcare professionals, especially in the toughest aspects of their work.”
Department of Health’s COVID-19 Information Dashboard; providing latest case information.