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Coronavirus: Two new deaths and 9 new cases as excess deaths figure from March to June revealed

1,740 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – with two new deaths reported today.

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

That means there is now a total of 25,498 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Excess deaths figure

Covid-19 caused a 13% death increase between March and June – figures from the Health Information and Quality Authority has found.

Excess deaths refers to the number of deaths over and above what would normally be expected for that time of year.

In the period from 11 March to 16 June, HIQA found that while there were 1,200 more deaths during that period, this is less than the 1,709 people recorded as having died from coronavirus during those months.

HIQA’s Chief Scientist, Dr Conor Teljeur, said: “Based on an analysis of the death notices reported on RIP.ie since 2010, there is clear evidence of excess deaths occurring since the first reported death due to Covid-19 in Ireland.

“There were about 1,100 to 1,200 more deaths than we would expect based on historical patterns; a 13% increase between 11 March to 16 June. However, the number of excess deaths is substantially less than the reported 1,709 Covid-19-related deaths over the same period.”

HIQA found that the officially-reported Covid-19 deaths likely overestimates the true burden of excess deaths caused by the virus.

It says this could be due to the inclusion within official figures of people who were infected with coronavirus at the time of death, whose cause of death may have been predominantly due to other factors.

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.