There has been a further increase in the number of coronavirus clusters in nursing homes and hospitals, with 23 clusters in nursing homes and 21 in hospitals around the country.

According to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, a cluster is three or more cases in an institution within a 72-hour period.

The National Public Health Emergency Team is to consider bringing in new measures to combat the virus in nursing homes when it meets later today.
New data from the HPSC shows that nursing home clusters account for 20% of all clusters of the infection.

The data is based on 2,475 confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported up until midnight on Sunday, 28 March.

It shows there are now 111 clusters of infection, involving 428 people. 

This includes 21 clusters in hospitals, 24 in private houses, 16 related to travel, one linked to a public house and one linked to a hotel. 

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ICU admissions

The increasing number of these clusters of infection, and the day on day increase in ICU admissions were among  the major factors in the NPHET's recommendation to Government last Friday to bring in new tighter restrictions. 

The latest figures up to Saturday, show there have been a total of 84 intensive care unit admissions since the crisis began. 

Thirty-one of these were in the over 65's group, 20 were aged between 55 and 64 and 21 were in the 45 to 54 age group. 

Seven people aged between 35 and 44 and four people in the 25 to 34 category were also admitted to ICU for treatment. 

So far only one child, who was aged between five and 14, has been treated in an intensive care unit. 


Based on the data available until Saturday night, 38 of the 44 deaths recorded in this country were among the over 65's, accounting for 86.4% of all deaths here. 

Three people in the 55-64 age group, and one person from the 25-34 group, one from the 35-44 group, and one from the 45-54 group also lost their lives.

Healthcare workers

Of the 2,475 cases, 578 of them are healthcare workers, with the majority of these in the East. Healthcare workers now account for 23.4% of all cases in recorded in Ireland to date.