By Amy Blaney

There are 12 cases of coronavirus in Galway, the fourth highest county behind Dublin, Cork and Limerick.

Figures released by the HSE today shows the breakdown of coronavirus cases by county.

There are 74 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland as at midday 18 March, bringing the total number of cases on the island to 366.

The cases are made up of 29 females and 45 males.

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.

Today the National Public Health Emergency Team revealed their most detailed analysis of the outbreak in Ireland, as of Monday, 16 March 2020.

Of the 271 cases notified on Monday 16, March, 40% are male and 59% female, with 23 clusters.

 To date 42% cases are travel related, 22% associated with community transmission, 17% are as a result of local transmission and 20% remain under investigation.

Two thirds of cases are younger than 55 years, with almost one in four cases aged 35 – 44 years.

One in five cases are healthcare workers with 37% of these cases associated with travel.

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 129, followed by Cork (48) and Limerick (14).

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health, said:

“Again, today we are seeing another increase in case numbers. The importance of social distancing cannot be underestimated. Everyone must play their role.

 “We need to continue maximising our efforts to interrupt new transmission chains and keep clusters under control.

“Reduce your social contacts to those in your closest family network. Practice social distancing. Stop shaking hands and hugging when you say hello”, said Dr Holohan.

CountiesNo. Cases
Carlow< = 5
Cavan< = 5
Clare< = 5
Donegal< = 5
Kildare< = 5
Kilkenny< = 5
Longford< = 5
Louth< = 5
Mayo< = 5
Meath< = 5
Offaly< = 5
Roscommon< = 5
Sligo< = 5
Tipperary< = 5
Wexford< = 5

% of Total
Total number cases271
Total number hospitalised8431%
Total number admitted to ICU62%
Total number deaths20.7%
Case fatality rate0.7%
Total number healthcare workers5922%
Number clusters notified23
Source: HPSC  16/3/20
Age Group
1 – 400%
5 – 1441%
15 – 242810%
25 – 344818%
35 – 446223%
45 – 544015%
55 – 644617%

Transmission Classification
Community transmission6022%
Contact with a confirmed case4517%
Travel abroad11342%
Under investigation5320%

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