For the first time since the outbreak of Covid-19 in Ireland, health officials have provided a detailed breakdown of the people who have died.

Last night, 17 additional deaths were reported; the biggest daily increase in this figure. 

A total of 71 people who had Covid-19 have now died in Ireland. 

83% of those who died were aged over 70, and two thirds of them were in the east of the country. 

52 of the people who died were male and 19 were female. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said that 54 of the 71 people had underlying health conditions. 

A further 325 cases of the virus announced last night, brought the total to 3,235.

As of 3pm yesterday, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre reports that there have now been 124 people admitted to ICU (intensive care units) around the country. 

The most up-to-date analysis of the coronavirus in Ireland relates to 2,677 cases recorded up until midnight on Sunday 29 March. 

A continuing trend is that healthcare workers account for a quarter of cases of the virus.

Of the 647 healthcare workers with the virus, 75% had no history of travel in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms.

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The data shows there are now 118 clusters of infection, including:

  • 21 in hospitals
  • 26 in private houses
  • 5 in residential institutions
  • 5 workplace clusters

By midnight on Sunday, the number of people with Covid-19 who had been admitted to ICU was 113.

The age profile totals were as follows:

  • 43 people aged 65
  • 30 aged between 55-64 
  • 25 aged between 45-54 
  • 8 aged between 35-44 
  • 6 aged between 25-34
  • 1 aged between 5-14

Dublin remains the county with the highest number of cases at 1,487, accounting for 55.5% of all cases in the country. 

Cork has the second highest figure, with 238 cases, or almost 9%. 

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

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, within 1-2 metres, to be considered at-risk or a close contact.

But there are higher risk settings, where transmission is possible in a shorter time interval, where health staff are dealing directly with known or suspected cases in particular settings and may need personal protective equipment. 

From midnight on 27 March until 12 April everybody must stay at home except in specific circumstances. 

The specific circumstances include travel to and from work for essential work that cannot be done from home; to shop for food, household goods or collect a meal; to attend medical appointments, collect medicines and other health products. 

Other exemptions include farming, the care of animals and leaving home for vital family reasons such as providing care for the elderly or vulnerable. 

People can leave their home for brief physical exercise, but only within 2km of their home. People must also adhere to physical distancing during this time.