Ireland's case fatality rate from Covid-19 is now almost 4%, the latest data shows.

The data published in the Health Protection Surveillance Centre's epidemiology report is based on figures up to midnight on Friday 10 April. 

It shows that of the 8,496 confirmed cases of the virus, 329 people had died, giving a case fatality rate of 3.9%. 

From this overall figure, 1,777 people were hospitalised (20%), and of these patients, 15% were admitted to ICU (261 patients). 

The detailed breakdown of the figures shows that 27% of all confirmed cases of the coronavirus are in healthcare workers (2,312). 

There are now 383 clusters of Covid-19, linked to 1,653 individual cases. 

There are 140 outbreaks of the infection in nursing homes, 58 in hospitals, 54 in residential institutions and 23 in community hospitals or long stay units. 

A cluster occurs where at least two cases are connected. 

Around 80% of cases of Covid-19 will be a mild to moderate illness, close to 14% have severe disease and around 6% are critical.

Generally, you need to be 15 minutes or more in the vicinity of an infected person and within 2 metres of them, to be considered at-risk, or a close contact.


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