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Breakdown: Coronavirus cases rise to 366, reaching 23 counties with 22pc community transmission

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris pictured with Cillian de Gascun, director of  the National Virus Refrence Laboratory
Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA-EFE POOL PIC

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris pictured with Cillian de Gascun, director of the National Virus Refrence Laboratory Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA-EFE POOL PIC

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris pictured with Cillian de Gascun, director of the National Virus Refrence Laboratory Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA-EFE POOL PIC

A further 74 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 366.

The breakdown is made up of 29 females and 45 males.

There are now 366 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The National Public Health Emergency Team has made available an analysis of the 271 cases notified as at midnight Monday, March 16.

The virus has now spread to 23 counties.

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* Of the 271 cases notified 40pc are male and 59pc female, with 23 clusters.
· To date 42% cases are travel related, 22% associated with community transmission, 17% are as a result of local transmission and 20% remain under investigation.
· Two thirds of cases are younger than 55 years, with almost one in four cases aged 35 – 44 years.
· One in five cases are healthcare workers with 37% of these cases associated with travel.
· Dublin has the highest number of cases at 129, followed by Cork (48) and Limerick (14).
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health, said: “Again, today we are seeing another increase in case numbers. The importance of social distancing cannot be underestimated. Everyone must play their role.

“We need to continue maximising our efforts to interrupt new transmission chains and keep clusters under control.

“Reduce your social contacts to those in your closest family network. Practice social distancing. Stop shaking hands and hugging when you say hello," he added.

Total cases: 271

Total number hospitalised = 84 = 31%

Total number admitted to ICU = 6 = 2%

Total number deaths = 2 = 0.7%

Case fatality rate = 0.7%

Total number healthcare workers = 59 = 22%

Number clusters notified = 23

Transmission Classification:

Community transmission = 60 = 22%

Contact with a confirmed case = 45 = 17%

Travel abroad = 113 = 42%

Under investigation = 53 = 20%

Health Minister Simon Harris said 24,000 people have responded to the HSE recruitment campaign for healthcare workers to cope with the demands of the coronavirus crisis.

It is unclear how many would meet the criteria and have the skills necessary.

The HSE is looking for doctors, nurses and others who have health-related experience including people who have retired.

The recruitment drive was launched yesterday with the message “Be on call for Ireland.”

Meanwhile the Irish Dental Association (IDA) has warned that the dental profession in Ireland is on the brink of collapse and said that urgent direction was needed from the Government if it is to survive the Covid-19 crisis after a survey published today outlined the scale of the crisis facing dentists.

The Association has today written to the Taoiseach, Minister for Health, party leaders and the health spokespeople of the various political parties outlining the gravity of the situation and is seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister for Health.

A survey of 358 private dentists around Ireland:

  • 66 respondents (18pc) said they have already closed their practice at least temporarily
  • A further 35 (10pc) plan to close in some form within the next fortnight because of the crisis
  • 42pc of respondents are already restricted to providing emergency treatment only
  • Nearly half (48pc) estimate a drop of at least 90pc in practice income in the medium to long term as a result of Covid-19.

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