A further 12 people with COVID-19 have died

Reproductive rate of virus remains below one
  • Deborah Condon

A further 12 people with COVID-19 have died in the Republic, bringing the total number of deaths here to 1,583.

Meanwhile, 76 new cases of the virus have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases here to 24,391.

According to the Department of Health's deputy chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, this is the sixth day in a row that the number of new cases has fallen below 100.

"This is very positive and demonstrates the extent to which the public's actions have limited the spread of this disease. However, it is only through continued commitment to hand washing, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing that we will remain successful in suppressing the spread of COVID-19 through the community," he commented.

Earlier in the day, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, said that the reproductive rate of the virus has remained stable at around 0.5.

"This means for four weeks in a row this number has remained significantly below one," he told the Dáil.

According to the chair of the National Public Health Emergency Team's (NPHET) Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, Prof Philip Nolan, "most indicators continue to improve".

"ICU and hospital admissions, the number of cases per day and the number of deaths per day are continuing to decline. Prevalence of the virus remains low in the community. The reproduction number is well below one, so our task remains to maintain low transmission of the virus," he commented.

Data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows that of the 24,274 cases reported to it as of midnight on May 19, 57% are female and 43% are male.

Some 3,183 (13%) cases have been hospitalised and of these, 392 have been admitted to ICU.

The number of cases associated with healthcare workers now stands at 7,747, or almost 32% of all cases.

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