Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team – 15th November

November 15, 2020 0

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19. There has been a total of 1,979 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight Saturday 14 November, the HPSC has been notified of 378 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There has now been a total of 67,903* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

(*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 67,903 confirmed cases reflects this.)

Of the cases notified today:

  • 186 are men and 190 are women
  • 63% are under 45 years of age
  • the median age is 38 years old
  • 124 in Dublin, 34 in Donegal, 23 in Louth, 19 in Cork, 19 in Limerick and the remaining 159 cases are spread across 20 other counties

As of 2pm today, 249 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. There have been 5 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

The average daily 5 day case count is rising and is now over 400 per day. This is a worrying development which has persisted for the last few days. We are seeing a number of things which concern us. There are examples of small numbers of people congregating for social purposes and simply ignoring the important public health messages. They are putting our collective progress at risk.

We are also seeing a number of outbreaks across the country. These include outbreaks in association with funerals. We understand that this is a difficult time for families but it is really important that we do everything we can to avoid the circumstances which promote transmission of the virus.

There have also been outbreaks associated with workplace settings. As we head into a new working week, we need to stay at home other than for essential reasons and for personal exercise within 5km. Anyone who can work from home, should work from home.

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