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Number of coronavirus cases in Waterford passes 100 mark

Total number of deaths in the State edges towards 500 mark

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Number of coronavirus cases in Waterford passes 100 mark

Coronavirus

Waterford now has 101 confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase of 11 since Wednesday.

A further 43 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has confirmed.

There have now been 486 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

Of the most recent deaths, 34 were in the east, four in the west, and five in the south of the country.

Twenty-seven people were reported as having underlying health conditions.

Meanwhile, with the latest figures from Germany included, there are now a total of 13,271 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of NPHET Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “Our model today is showing four reproductive numbers, illustrating the different stages of the disease in Ireland over the past 6 weeks.

“We now estimate our R0 to be between 0.7 and 1.0, which means current restrictions are successfully suppressing the disease.”

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The data clearly shows that there are two very different experiences of COVID-19 in Ireland today. In the population at large, the virus is contained and effectively suppressed.

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

“In order to protect the vulnerable the first task was to suppress the virus in the population at large. We are increasingly confident that we are achieving this. All of our efforts now need to be on extinguishing COVID-19 in our community residential settings, including nursing homes.”