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Irish death toll from coronovirus climbs to 1,639

Conor Trindle
29 May 2020, 20:06 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - Only forty-six new cases of coronavirus were reported overnight on Thursday.

Despite the low addition to cases, a further nine people were reported to have died.

There have now been a total of 1,639 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

There is now a total of 24,841 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Meantime the National Public Health Emergency Team met Thursday to continue its review of Ireland's ongoing response and preparedness to COVID-19.

"Throughout this pandemic NPHET has maintained a consistent focus on mortality, being very aware of the sad toll of lost loved ones on families," Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said Thursday.

"A mortality paper was prepared and discussed by NPHET today and identifies that mortality in Ireland has been within the lower range in overall terms compared with other health systems across Europe."

"Ireland will continue to report both confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 in all settings and direct public health measures to limit the burden of mortality, " Dr Dr Holohan.

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, added: "Today, NPHET agreed in principle to include in the case definition the sudden loss of smell (anosmia) and loss of taste (ageusia). This is subject to updated guidance from the ECDC, which is expected to be published tomorrow."

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: "The reproduction number is currently estimated to be 0.5. ICU and hospital admissions and number of deaths per day continue to decline. The number of cases per day remain stable."

"Next week we will see figures that reflect the impact of Phase 1 measures on key disease spread indictors. It is our hope that the r-number will remain below one and our progress is preserved."

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