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BREAKING: Three new Coronavirus deaths and 47 new cases as Dr Holohan offers advice on sexual partners

1,659 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of three from yesterday.

Not all of these people passed away today – this is the number that were reported to the Department of Health today.

While there has been a total of 47 new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today.

This is an increase on the total cases from yesterday and takes the overall total to 25,111.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again Thursday 4 June to continue its review of Ireland’s response to COVID-19. NPHET will proceed to submit recommendations to the Minister for Health.”

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “Our recovery rate is now at 91%. This is positive news and confirms the expectation that most people who get COVID-19 will recover.

“However, it remains the case that this is an unpredictable virus, and the prognosis for any one individual diagnosed, regardless of their current health, remains uncertain. Use hse.ie and gov.ie/health to stay informed and learn the behaviours that will keep you protected.”

Dr. Siobhán Kennelly, HSE National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Older Persons; “It is our collective responsibility to continue to support vulnerable groups in our society.

“Vulnerable groups include older people and people with underlying health conditions of any age. Keep a 2 metre distance when outdoors, maintain respiratory etiquette and continue to wash hands regularly.”

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Monday 1 June (25,064 cases), reveals:

· 57% are female and 43% are male
· the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
· 3,298 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
· Of those hospitalised, 409 cases have been admitted to ICU
· 8,004 cases are associated with healthcare workers
· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,093 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,517 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,419 cases (6%)
· Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 39%, close contact accounts for 59%, travel abroad accounts for 2%

Northern Ireland, the UK and globally 

There have been eight further deaths from Coronavirus in Northern Ireland to take the 534.

There have been eight new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the Northern Ireland total to 4,740.

There are currently 80 confirmed Coronavirus patients being treated in hospitals in Northern Ireland along with a further 439 suspected Covid-19 patients. Six of these are in intensive care

The UK Coronavirus death toll increased by 359 in past 24 hours, taking total recorded fatalities to 39,728.

There are now a total 6,490,000 cases of Coronavirus globally. There have been more than 383,000 deaths while 3,091,000 have recovered.

Sexual partners 

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan says people should limit themselves to one intimate partner to reduce spread of Covid-19.

He was asked if he agreed with the advice from the public health team to people in the Netherlands to limit themselves to one partner.

He said “that is good public health advice” as a precaution against the transmission of infections generally.

People urged to wear face coverings in shops and on public transport

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said there is “room for improvement” around the wearing of face coverings.

People getting on public transport or going into supermarkets “should wear” a face covering, he added.

Mr Harris said that at this point people’s personal behaviours around hygiene are even more important.

Read full report here

Hospital cases increases 

The overall number of confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19 in hospital has increased in the past 24 hours.

According to new figures from the Health Service Executive, there are 422 patents with confirmed or suspected coronavirus in hospital.

While the number of confirmed cases has reduced slightly, the increase of 92 overall is accounted for by suspected cases, which are awaiting a test result.

The number of patients in intensive care units with confirmed Covid-19 remains stable at 36.

There are now 117 critical care beds vacant in the hospital system.

Important information 

Symptoms of Covid-19 include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties.

Further resources:

  • The HSE: Official advice on the coronavirus in Ireland. This is being updated based on the number of confirmed cases and how the virus spreads in Ireland.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs: Official advice on where to avoid travelling to. Also a resource for those who are abroad.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO): The UN agency on global public health publishes statements and daily situation reports based on the latest data.
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): The EU agency on the number of cases, deaths and how it’s spreading in Europe.
  • The Johns Hopkins University map: A heat map of the confirmed cases across the world.

A helpline for older people who are concerned about the coronavirus has been launched by Alone. The number is 0818 222 024, and it’s open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.