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741 confirmed Louth cases of Covid-19

741 confirmed Louth cases of Covid-19”

There have now been a total 1,543 COVID-19 related deaths in the country.

Health officials have been notified of an additional 92 cases bringing the nation's total to 24,048.

Separate analyses based on the date of death registration, shows that the provisional number of total deaths registered in Northern Ireland in the week ending 8th May 2020 (week 18) was 336, 91 fewer than in week 17, but 62 more than the five year average of 274.

This evening, the chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said the advice remains the same, that members of the public should continue to "stay at home where possible". This is a rise of one confirmed case on previous figures.

Latest figures published today by NISRA show that 77 deaths involving COVID-19 occurred in the last week, from 2nd to 8th May.

Some 57% were women and 42% were men.

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Fifteen more people have sadly lost their lives from Covid-19, the Department of Health has confirmed.

"This is reinforced by our estimated reproduction number which is now stable between 0.4 and 0.6".

"We still want to see progress over the coming days", he said.

"We will be monitoring this figure and the overall number of infections in the population very closely over the coming weeks".

"I would urge everyone to become familiar with the behaviours that we all need to maintain, including respiratory etiquette, physical distancing and handwashing".

HSE chief Paul Reid has warned however that Monday will not be "the single big moment" in the easing of coronavirus restrictions, and will instead be a 'minor step along the way'.



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