Almost 500 doctors in Ireland diagnosed with Covid-19

More than 8,100 healthcare workers in this country have tested positive for Covid-19 disease

Almost 500 doctors in Ireland have been diagnosed with Covid-19, the Irish Medical Times (IMT) has learned.

More than 8,100 healthcare workers (HCWs) in this country have tested positive for the disease since the outbreak began at the start of March.

But a breakdown of the data has revealed that out of 8,123 HCWs diagnosed with the virus, 491 were practising doctors.

Figures supplied by the Health Service Executive (HSE) to IMT also show that 2,637 nurses and 2,097 healthcare assistants were also infected with Covid-19, a disease linked to more than 1,700 deaths here to date.

The deadly infection has struck at all levels of the HSE, with the health service confirming that 90 porters have tested positive; while a group described as ‘allied HCWs’, and which included a variety of roles such as physiotherapists/radiographers/speech and language therapists, administration staff, catering, and domestic staff, accounted for 1,898 of confirmed cases of HCWs.

The role of almost 12 per cent of the total (910) was listed as ‘unknown’, however.

There has now been a total of 1,709 Covid-19-related deaths in Ireland after the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) disclosed in a statement last night that another three people with the disease have died.

NPHET also said that, as of midnight June 15, there was a total of 25,334 confirmed cases of the virus after 14 people tested positive in the last 24 hours.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan added that as of midnight June 14, some 386,572 tests for the virus have been carried out.

“Over the past week, 18,758 were carried out. One hundred and forty-six tests were positive, giving a positivity rate of 0.8 per cent,” Dr Holohan said.

Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre also revealed that as of midnight June 14, when there were 25,320 confirmed cases, 57 per cent of the Covid-19 caseload had been female and 43 per cent male.

The median age of confirmed cases was 48, some 3,282 cases (13%) had been hospitalised, and 8,139 cases were associated with HCWs.

Of those hospitalised, 418 cases had been admitted to intensive care.

Dublin had the highest number of cases at 12,228 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,533 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,434 cases (6%).

Of those for whom transmission status was known, community transmission accounted for 37 per cent, close contact for 60 per cent, and travel abroad for 2 per cent.

peter.doyle@imt.ie

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