There are now 1,819 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland and 19 deaths in Ireland due to coronavirus.

Ten people have died in the past 24 hours after contracting Covid-19 bringing the total number of 19 deaths.

The patients who died consisted of 3 females and 7 males. 9 patients in the east of the country and one in the south

255 new cases have been confirmed bringing the total in the country to 1,819. 13 of the people who have passed away are men and the median age is 79.

Today’s data from HPSC, as of midnight, Tuesday 24th March (1,383 cases), reveals:

·        55% are male and 45% are female, with 66 clusters involving 295 cases

·        The median age of confirmed cases is 46 years

·        340 cases (25%) have been hospitalised

·        Of those hospitalised, 47 cases have been admitted to ICU

·        321 cases (23%) are associated with healthcare workers

·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 774, (56% of all cases) followed by Cork with 154 cases (11%)

·        Of those for whom transmission status is known; community transmission accounts for 51%, close contact accounts for 22%, travel abroad accounts for 27%

Earlier this evening, Irish people took time out to applaud our front line staff dealing with the Coronavirus crisis.

The Dáil also paused its debate at 8 pm to give extended applause to healthcare staff.