One more death from COVID-19; 77 new cases – two of them in Galway

Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that one person with COVID-19 has died. 

There have now been a total 1,650* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. 

As of midnight Sunday, 31 May, the HPSC has been notified of 77 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 25,062 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

The HSE is 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 the HPSC, as of midnight, Saturday 30 May (24,985 cases), reveals: 

·        57% are female and 43% are male 
·        The median age of confirmed cases is 48 years 
·        3,286 cases (13%) have been hospitalised 
·        Of those hospitalised, 408 cases have been admitted to ICU 
·        7,968 cases are associated with healthcare workers 
·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,052 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,514 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,417 cases (6%) 

There are two new confirmed cases in Galway, bringing the total number to date to 480. Galway remains at the lower end of the scale of cases nationally.

Nationally, of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 39%, close contact accounts for 58%, travel abroad accounts for 2% 

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health, commented: “We have now had more than 25,000 cases of COVID-19 in Ireland and while 90% of patients have recovered, more than 3,285 people have been hospitalised and sadly 1,650 have died. 

“COVID-19 is a new disease, for which we have no vaccine and we have no cure. 

“As restrictions ease and we begin to resume social and economic life, we must do all we can to prevent a second wave. 

“It is vital that we continue to practice hand and cough hygiene and social distancing, with the additional hygiene measure of face coverings in appropriate settings. 

“It is important to give space to our vulnerable people when out and about. 

“We must continue to do all we can to interrupt the spread of this virus.”