The Health Service Executive has confirmed that 11 people have died at one nursing home in Dublin since 2 April.

Of the 11 people who died at St Mary's Hospital in the Phoenix Park, ten tested positive for Covid-19 and the eleventh person is a suspected case, which is awaiting confirmation.

St Mary's provides care for older people and has 198 residential places in total.

In a statement, the HSE expressed its sympathies to the friends and families of those who died saying "our thoughts are with them at this difficult time".

According to the statement, St Mary's is led by full-time consultant geriatricians and there is 24/7 medical and nursing management on site, with a nurse specialist in infection prevention and control also working in the facility.

They said: "Every effort continues to be implemented to maintain the professional standard of nursing and health care assistant staffing in St Mary's Hospital during this time.

"We remain in contact with relatives and next-of-kin of all residents within St Mary's Hospital in relation to any suspect or confirmed cases of Covid-19.

"Where a relative has any query relating to the care of a resident, we ask them to contact us directly."

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Relatives of residents who are still in St Mary's home are concerned. 

Dr Gerri O'Neill, who has a relative that is a resident in the home, says she was made aware of a virus outbreak in St Mary's on 10 April.

Speaking to RTÉ News, she said: "I got the first call, telling me there was an outbreak there on the 10th of April - what happened in the eight days  in between?"

There have now been 530 Covid-19 related deaths in the country, with 13,980 confirmed cases of the virus.

Of today's reported deaths, 33 were located in the east, three were in the northwest, three were in the south and five were in the west of the country.

The deaths included 19 females and 25 males and the median age of today's reported deaths is 84.

Of the 44 cases, 25 people were reported as having underlying health conditions.