A further 16 people with COVID-19 have died

295,000+ tests carried out to date
  • Deborah Condon

A further 16 people with COVID-19 have died in the Republic.

Two deaths that had previously been classed as COVID-related have been denotified, so the total number of deaths now stands at 1,561.

A further 51 cases of the virus have also been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases here to 24,251.

Over 295,600 tests had been carried out up to midnight on Monday night. Almost 37,000 tests were carried out in the last week alone and of these, 932 (2.5%) were positive.

"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," commented Dr Cillian De Gascun, chairperson of the National Public Health Emergency Team's (NPHET) Expert Advisory Group.

NPHET will meet again this week to examine the case definition further.

Meanwhile, data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has shown that of the 24,251 cases reported to it as of midnight on May 17, 3,143 were hospitalised and of these, 390 have been admitted to ICU.

Some 7,661 cases are associated with healthcare workers.

Dublin continues to have the highest number of cases - 11,759 - which represents 49% of all cases nationwide.

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