A further 15 people with COVID-19 have died

Lowest number of new cases since mid-March
  • Deborah Condon

A further 15 people with COVID-19 have died in the Republic, bringing the total number of deaths here to 1,533.

Meanwhile, 92 new cases of the virus have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases here to 24,048.

Data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows that of the 23,879 cases reported to it as of midnight on May 14, 3,092 (13%) have been hospitalised and of these, 389 have been admitted to ICU.

Some 7,530 cases are associated with healthcare workers.

Over 11,600 cases have occurred in Dublin, which is 49% of all cases nationwide.

According to the Department of Health's chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan, this is the first time the number of confirmed cases has fallen below 100 since mid-March.

"While the past nine weeks have been particularly difficult for those cocooning, and for parents with young children, today's numbers give reassurance that we have all learned and adopted new behaviours of handwashing, respiratory etiquette and social distance that will serve us well as we work together to re-open retail, business and society," he commented.

Phase 1 of the Government's plan to reopen society and the economy is set to begin on Monday. For more information on that, click here.

COVID-19 is spread through close contact with an infected person's body fluids (e.g. droplets from coughing or sneezing), or by touching surfaces that an infected person has coughed or sneezed on. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of the virus to show. These may include a fever, a persistent cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

COVID-19 can also cause more severe illnesses, including pneumonia and severe breathing difficulties. Some 80% of cases will be mild to moderate, 14% will be more severe, while 6% will be critical.

The current restrictions in relation to COVID-19 are now in place until May 18. As part of these restrictions, everybody is asked to stay at home, except in specific circumstances. These include:
-Travelling to and from work in circumstances where the work is an essential health, social care or other essential service that cannot be done from home
-To shop for essential food and household goods
-To attend medical appointments
-For vital family reasons, such as caring for children or elderly people
-To take brief individual exercise within your locality, which may include children from your household, however this should be within 5km of your home.

All public and private gatherings of any number of people outside a single household or living unit are prohibited.

Those over the age of 70 and medically vulnerable people continue to be cocooned, however since May 5, those over the age of 70 can leave their home for exercise, as long as they stay within 5km of their home and socially distance themselves from everybody.

ALONE, the organisation that supports older people to age at home, is running a national support line for older people facing difficulties due to COVID-19. The support line is open every day from 8am to 8pm, call 0818 222 024.

For more information on COVID-19, click here.


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