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COVID Deaths and Cases

From 28 February to 19 June 2020

CSO statistical release, , 11am

COVID-19 Insight Bulletins: Deaths and Cases, Series 6

Information on the people who have died from COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with the virus.

Key Findings:

  • The number of people who have died from COVID-19 or have been diagnosed as a confirmed case has fallen for the ninth and eighth week in a row respectively
  • Older people living in the least deprived areas have been the most adversely affected by COVID-19 and this is strongly linked to outbreaks
  • Dublin is the worst hit by COVID-19 with 51% of total confirmed COVID-19 deaths
  • In terms of cases, Dublin was the only county to record more than 20 new cases in each of the past three weeks up to and including the week ending 19 June
  • This is the sixth week in a row that Clare, Leitrim, Longford, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow have recorded less than 10 new cases per week
  • This is the seventh week in a row that Donegal, Laois and Kerry have recorded less than 10 new cases per week and the eighth such week for Sligo and Waterford
  • Women and those aged between 25-44 continue to account for the highest number of confirmed cases
  • Some 43% of cases are now linked to an outbreak

 This is the sixth publication in our new series of information bulletins produced by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), that aims to provide insights on those who have either died or contracted COVID-19, by using data from the Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting (CIDR) provided to the CSO by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

Hospitalisations:

Last week, the week ending 19 June, five people were hospitalised, down from 658 people at the peak, the week ending 27 March. For the fourth week in a row there have been less than five people admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). These figures may need to be adjusted if someone’s condition worsens as there is a time lag between onset of symptoms and hospitalisation.

Outbreaks

There have been 10,997 positive COVID-19 cases linked to an outbreak, which is defined as two or more cases in the same location and time. Women account for 59% of all cases linked to an outbreak.

More than a quarter (26%) of outbreaks affected those aged 80 years and older compared with 15% of all cases. The median age of cases related to an outbreak is 54.

Nursing Homes accounted for 51% of all confirmed cases related to an outbreak. This has decreased from a peak of 55% in late April.

Hospitals, Residential Institutions and Nursing Homes account for nearly three-quarters of all cases linked to an outbreak. From a high of 28% of cases in early March, Travel now accounts for just 1% of all cases related to an outbreak. The workplace has increased from 4% of cases to 11% in recent weeks. Outbreaks in Private houses account for 10% of cases, down from 29% in late March.

A further breakdown by age and area of deprivation of confirmed cases related to Outbreaks is detailed in Table 6.1. Our analysis has found that older people in the least deprived areas are the most adversely affected by COVID-19. In fact, the likelihood of contracting the virus worsens the older you are and as the area you live in decreases in level of deprivation.  This outcome is strongly linked to being caught up in outbreak. It is also related to the higher prevalence of COVID-19 in Dublin and the county’s relative affluence, which was examined in Series 4.

 At 5,410 per 100,000 of population the highest rate of incidence is for those aged 85 and older living in the least deprived areas (quintile 1). 86 per cent of these cases, or 4,367 cases per 100,000 of the population aged 85 and older, were related to outbreaks. The lowest rate of cases at 399 per 100,000 of population is in those aged 65 and under living in the most deprived areas (quintile 5). Around a third of cases in this age group were related to outbreaks, with the most deprived quintiles having a higher share of cases related to outbreaks.

Show Table: Table 6.1 COVID-19 Cases quintiles and Age rate per 100,000

Deaths:

The data produced by the CSO in Table 2 is based on the Actual Date of Death. Using this method, the CSO has found that while the number of people who have died from COVID-19 has fallen for the ninth week in a row, Dublin remains the hardest hit.

The total number of people who have died from COVID-19 is 1,456, with a further 258 deaths cited as probable deaths linked to the virus. For the week ending 19 June, seven deaths were recorded, a decrease of ten deaths from the previous week.

The virus claimed the lives of 34 more men than women up to and including the week ending 19 June.

It also continues to impact the older age groups the hardest, with 65% of all confirmed COVID-19 deaths to date in the 80 years old or older age group.

Confirmed Cases:

This is the eighth week in a row that confirmed cases of COVID-19 have fallen. The total number of confirmed cases is 25,368. The number of weekly cases for the week ending 19 June is 65, a decrease of 42 from the previous week.

The week ending up to and including 19 June was the third week in a row that Dublin had less than 100 weekly cases since the start of March. There were 37 new cases diagnosed in Dublin in the week ending 19 June, down from the peak of 1,866 cases in the week ending 27 March.  No other county recorded more than 10 new cases in the week ended 19 June.

This is the sixth week in a row that Clare, Leitrim, Longford, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow have recorded less than 10 new cases.

This is the seventh week in a row that Donegal, Laois and Kerry have recorded less than 10 new cases and the eighth such week for Sligo and Waterford.

More than four in ten confirmed cases (43%) are linked to an outbreak.

Some 3,644 more females were diagnosed with COVID-19 than males, the median age remains consistent for both men and women.

The 25-44 age group still show the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 8,718. In Figure 6.1 we can see that since a peak of 60 in week ending 20 April, the weekly median age has consistently been in the 40s for all new cases. However, for cases that needed to be hospitalised, the median age has been more than 60, until the last three weeks where it has dropped to 50. The weekly median age of those that have died has been consistently more than 80 years of age.

Health care workers continue to make up almost a third of all cases.

Week EndingConfirmed CasesDeathsHospitilisedICU
27/03/202048816165
03/04/202048826256
10/04/202049836463
17/04/202050836557
24/04/202058847360
01/05/202048846564
08/05/202045836964
15/05/202041836573
22/05/202042837069
29/05/2020458665
05/06/2020438264
12/06/2020438550
19/06/2020458350

For further COVID-19 related information go to the CSO COVID-19 Information Hub

Show Table: Table 1 Profile of COVID-19 Deaths and Cases up to and including Friday June 19 2020

Show Table: Table 2 & 2A Weekly Profile of COVID-19 Confirmed Deaths

Show Table: Table 3 & 3A Weekly Profile of COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

Show Table: Table 4 & 4A Weekly Electoral Division (ED) Analysis of Confirmed Covid-19 Cases

Show Table: Table 5 COVID-19 Mortality and Confirmed Incident Standardised Rates as of June 5th

Show Table: Table 6 & 6A Weekly Profile of New COVID-19 Cases who are Subsequently Hospitalised

Show Table: Table 7 & 7A Weekly Profile of confirmed cases linked to COVID-19 Outbreaks

Further Information

Contact
E-mail: sscu@cso.ie