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HSE say testing backlog eliminated as total deaths recorded from COVID-19 hits 610

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39 more deaths have been recorded with an additional 493 cases of COVID-19 known in Ireland while the HSE have said the testing backlog has been eliminated.

Ireland’s death toll now stands at 610 following the confirmation of 39 more deaths by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre on Sunday. Of the latest deaths, 37 were in the east and 2 in the west. They included 19 females and 20 males with a median age of 84. 74% of the individuals were reported as having underlying conditions.

445 new confirmed cases from Irish laboratories and an additional 48 from German labs were known to the HPSC as of 11:15am on Sunday morning. This brings to 15,251 the total amount of confirmed cases in the country.

Confirmed cases in Clare stand at 153 as of Friday. The figure is up two on the previous twenty four hours. Recent daily figures had seen jumps of 17 (Wednesday) and 15 (Thursday).

Analysis of Friday’s (April 17th) 14,602 cases has been made available by the HPSC. It has revealed that the median age of confirmed cases is 48. In total, 2,223 of all cases have been hospitalised which equates to 15%. 303 individuals who have received a positive diagnosis were admitted to ICU. Transmission status is split across three areas, community spread (63%), close contact (32%) and travel abroad (5%).

Huge testing backlogs have been eliminated, the HSE stated on Sunday. 15,000 tests a day had been promised but currently 10,000 tests were being carried out due to capacity.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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