18:02 Saturday, 14 March 2020
39 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Ireland by the Department of Health and a patient in the East of the country has died. This is the second death due to Covid-19 in Ireland
21 of these new cases are in the East of the country
13 in the South
3 in the North West
2 in the West
The Department of Health also confirmed that there has been a second death due to Covid-19, He was a male in the East of the country with an underlying medical condition.
This brings the total number of cases in the Republic to 129, and the total number of deaths to two.
Your coronavirus questions answered:
GP Out of Hours Services, HSELive and 112/999 have been receiving a very high number of calls today from people seeking access to testing for COViD-19.
Earlier today the HSE issued a plea for people to not ring 999 if seeking Covid-19 testing
Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer of the HSE said;
“While we appreciate people’s concern about COVID-19, we would ask for their patience as we respond to the increasing requirement for testing.
To limit the spread of COVID – 19 people should;
- practice social distancing and avoid crowded places,
- wash their hands properly and often,
- cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze,
- clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- stay at home if they are sick to avoid the spread of whatever infection they have
Members of the public who have normal cold and flu like symptoms or who believe they may have been in contact with COVID – 19 are being asked to self-isolate and to ring their GP on Monday, who will then be in a position to triage patients appropriately and order a test where indicated.
The HSE is working this weekend to ensure that sufficient testing facilities are in place by Monday to meet the increased demand