Sharp spike sees deaths doubled
Westmeath now has 29 cases
A sharp upward spike was recorded in the number of coronavirus deaths today.
Tragically, ten people lost their lives to the virus - 3 female and 7 males.
Nine patients were based 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 most recent county-by-county figures, analysed on Tuesday, show that Westmeath has 29 cases - 2 per cent of the nation's total.
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
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 for 27%.