Five more deaths from COVID-19 in the Republic

Disease indicators are "stable or reducing"
  • Deborah Condon

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

Five deaths that had previously been classed as COVID-related have been denotified, so the total number of deaths now stands at 1,705.

A further 46 cases of the virus have also been confirmed, while one has been denotified, bringing the total number of cases here to 25,295.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) noted that in relation to the 46 new cases, 22 of these samples were taken on Monday and Tuesday, and would normally have been reported on Thursday and Friday. However, "for technical reasons as part of normal laboratory practice at the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL)", they are only being reported today.

Contact tracing has already been undertaken for the majority of these cases, NPHET said.

"Today's increase in notifications of COVID-19 is not an increase in the daily incidence of the disease. When the cases are analysed according to the date the samples were taken, it shows that they were spread out over a number of days. All the indicators of the disease are stable or reducing. We will continue to closely monitor these every day," explained the Department of Health's chief medical officer and NPHET chairperson, Dr Tony Holohan.

Meanwhile, data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows that of the 25,249 cases reported to it as of midnight on June 11, 3,276 (13%) have been hospitalised and of these, 416 have been admitted to ICU.

Some 8,123 cases involve healthcare workers - that is 32% of all cases.

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