• The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 126 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

    There are now 683 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

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

    The latest data from HPSC, as of midnight Wednesday 18th March (438 cases), reveals;

    • Of the 438 cases notified, 55% are male and 43% are female, with 27 clusters involving 142 cases
    • Median age of confirmed cases is 44
    • 32% of cases have been hospitalised
    • 2.7% (12 cases) admitted to ICU - representing 8.6% of all cases hospitalised
    • 114 cases are associated with Healthcare workers, 36 of whom are associated with foreign travel
    • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 51%, followed by Cork 15% and Limerick and Wicklow have 3% of cases each

    There are less than five confirmed cases of Covid-19 in counties Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo while there are now 14 cases in Galway.

  • The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 2 people with COVID-19 have died.

    There have now been a total of 1,714 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

    13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were detected over the past 24 hours. There is now a total of 25,368 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

  • There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

    The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland is 1,741.

    There is a further 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 which brings the total of 25,527 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

  • Today is Lyme Awareness Day, and people who spend time outdoors - for work or leisure - are advised to protect themselves and their families against contracting Lyme disease, which is spread by biting ticks.

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre says that, from April onwards they expect to see more frequent cases of Lyme disease, as this is when ticks are most plentiful.

    The tiny creatures are active from Spring to Autumn, feeding on the blood of humans, animals and birds

    Tick bites can be prevented by wearing long trousers and long sleeves and shoes, wearing a hat, using inspect repellant, checking for ticks and removing any from clothing, outdoor gear and pets.

    The most common sign of infection is a skin rash, and anyone who develops symptoms should visit a GP and explain they've been bitten by a tick.

    Most cases of Lyme disease are mild, but in a small number of cases, the infection can be more severe leading to serious disease of the nervous system, heart and joints.

    The HSE says there are between 100 and 200 cases of Lyme disease in Ireland annually, of which about 10% are more severe and have to be reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.