A further 31 cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed in County Kildare, as of midnight on Tuesday, April 28 - the latest date for which county breakdowns are available. That brings to 1,193 the number of cases confirmed in the county.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that a total of 43 people with Covid-19 have died. There have now been a total of 1,232 confirmed Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of 11am this morning, the HPSC has been notified of 359 new confirmed cases of the virus. There is now a total of 20,612 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
Dublin has the highest number of cases at 9,967 (50% of all cases) followed by Kildare with 1,193 cases (6%) and then Cork with 1,146 cases (6%).
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The latest report of Covid-19 cases in healthcare workers reveals that 34% of cases relate to nurses, healthcare assistants amount to 24% and cases among doctors is at 7%.
“Since the pandemic began in Ireland 72 nurses, 40 healthcare assistants, 22 doctors and 45 other allied healthcare workers have been hospitalised with Covid-19.”
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Healthcare workers place themselves at risk everyday during this pandemic. Supporting them and doing everything possible to protect them in their work is a priority not just for NPHET and the HSE, but society at large. The willingness of people to stay home and follow public health advice has been instrumental in this effort.”
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: “To understand the importance of our next steps we should look back to the pattern of the epidemic at the beginning of March. Within 10 days we went from 50 people in ICU to 140 people in ICU. Currently, there are 106 patients in ICU. If a similar surge occurred on top of our current ICU figure, we would find it very difficult to manage the treatment of patients. This reflects the sensitivity required in relaxing restrictions.”