There are 4,604 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Republic of Ireland, 54 of which are in Co Clare.
17 further deaths have been recorded in Ireland, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has stated. 15 of this are located in the east with one each in the south and west of Ireland. The patients are comprised of 13 males and 4 females. The median death of these individuals was 77.
Officials confirmed an additional 331 people have tested positive for Coronavirus. This brings the national total to 4,604.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health stated, “This week, the National Public Health Emergency Team made a range of recommendations to support the response in nursing homes and long-term residential facilities to COVID-19. This remains a priority for our focused attention and we will continue to monitor the rate of infection within these environments and support the sector through this outbreak”.
He added, “The nationwide, collective effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 has been inspiring. We must keep up this effort, continue to protect the vulnerable in our society and ultimately flatten the curve.”
Data of Thursday’s 4,014 cases has also been released by the Department of Health. It outlined that 52% of cases involved females and 48% males. 838 cases are from 206 clusters. 1,118 of those diagnosed have been hospitalised with 158 admitted to ICU.
Dublin accounts for 2,251 of those cases, Cork for 304 and Clare for 54. Community transmission remains high at 62%, close contact is 24% and travel abroad has decreased to 14%.