Mayo accounts for four of the 51 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed today, as Ireland experiences its lowest number of new daily confirmed cases since March 15. The total number of confirmed cases in Mayo to date is 556. The total number of cases confirmed in the country to date is 24,251.
Galway also saw case numbers increase slightly after a sharp increase yesterday, with six new cases bringing the total number of cases there to 438. There are 307 confirmed cases in Roscommon, 129 in Sligo and 80 in Leitrim.
A further 16 people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the death toll here to 1,561.
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, Sunday 17 May (24,176 cases), reveals:
- 57% are female and 43% are male
- the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
- 3,143 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
- of those hospitalised, 390 cases have been admitted to ICU
- 7,661 cases are associated with healthcare workers
As of midnight Monday 18 May, 295,626 tests have been carried out.
Over the past week, 36,818 tests were carried out and of these 932 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 2.5%.
Dr. Cillian De Gascun, Chair of the NPHET Expert Advisory Group, said: “Despite broadening the case definition and increases in referrals the positivity rate has continued to decline. This indicates a consistent suppression of COVID-19 in the community.”
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again this week. Given the decreasing positivity rate and that testing capacity has been expanded, we will be examining the case definition further.”
Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Today is World Family Doctor Day. GP’s continue to play a key role in Ireland’s response to this pandemic. General Practice is open and has continued to be a vital point of access to healthcare for all during this pandemic.”