58 new cases of Covid-19 in Kildare

Officials looking at expanding

Officials looking at expanding

To date, 486 people have lost their lives because of the virus in Ireland.

Of the 43 deaths, 27 had an underlying health condition.

Twenty-nine of these latest deaths were notified in the east of the country, six in the west of the country, and three in the south of the country.

The number of COVID-19 patients who have died there has risen to more than 13,700, after another 861 deaths were recorded. In addition, a further 411 cases of coronavirus were confirmed from the backlog of tests at the laboratory in Germany.

"While a number of these parameters are going in a positive direction, it is clear that we need to keep going in our efforts, on an individual level, to limit the spread of this virus".

425 clusters account for 2,451 of cases.

· Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 51%, close contact accounts for 43%, travel overseas accounts for 6%.

"Despite encouraging results in terms of people's knowledge on Covid-19, we found that attitudes towards the uptake of a potential Covid-19 vaccine to be worryingly low", Dr Frédérique Vallières of Trinity College's Centre for Global Health said.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: "We are continuing to monitor the course of this disease across a range of indicators - not only in the number of confirmed cases and deaths reported but also through hospital and ICU admissions, clusters and patterns of transmission".

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As of Monday morning there were 115 confirmed cases - compared to 74 confirmed cases the previous week.

Nationally, those aged over 65 account for 25% of confirmed cases of Covid-19 with just over half (51.5%) requiring hospitalisation.

"However, the experience of the disease in long-term residential care settings continues to be a source of concern".

"There has been a very considerable slowing in the growth of the epidemic", he said.

Prof Nolan said that before the March 28 introduction of the current restrictions on movement - which prevent people leaving their homes in all but exceptional circumstances - the rate was above two. He said were they not introduced, Ireland's death toll would have been 4,800 by the end of April.

"We can manage a modest rise in cases, if it's done slightly wrong, but we can't manage a huge rise in cases".

Keelings says without these seasonal workers it would "be impossible to bring fresh Irish strawberries to the Irish market". Nolan highlighted that referring to a peak could lead to a unsafe sense of control.

"Whatever happens after May 5 has to be approached exceptionally carefully". He cautioned that the Irish health system is not able for a surge in cases at that stage.

Health officials across the world have warned that the elderly are especially vulnerable in the pandemic.

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