Close contacts per confirmed Covid-19 case rises to six

Close contacts per confirmed Covid-19 case rises to six

The average number of close contacts per confirmed case of Covid-19, rose to six during the week, latest data from the Health Service Executive shows.

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The average number of close contacts per confirmed case of Covid-19, rose to six during the week, latest data from the Health Service Executive shows. 
The data shows it takes on average 1.2 days for the testing process to be completed and 2.4 days for contract tracing to be carried out.
Data from the HSE also shows there were 74 people in hospital last night with confirmed cases of Covid-19, as well as 128 suspected cases. 
St James’ Hospital in Dublin, as well as hospitals in Kerry, Sligo, Portiuncula, Mayo, Letterkenny, Wexford and Portlaoise have no confirmed cases. 
There were 27 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in intensive care last night as well as nine suspected cases. 
On 1 June there were 37 patients with confirmed Covid-19 in intensive care. According to the data there have been only two deaths of confirmed cases in ICU, since then. 
Overall, 261 critical care beds were occupied last night and the HSE says there are 88 such beds still available.
Last evening, the Department of Health announced that a further five people who had been diagnosed with Covid-19 had died.
The death toll due to the virus is now 1,705, after five deaths were denotified following the validation of figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
The Department has also announced an additional 46 confirmed cases, bringing the total number of cases here to 25,295.Read more:Latest coronavirus stories
Meanwhile, no further coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in Northern Ireland during the past 24 hours, for the fifth day in week.
The official Department of Health death toll remains at 541.
There are seven new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 4,848.
There are 40 confirmed coronavirus patients being treated in hospitals, with seven in intensive care.
Also public toilets and other amenities at forests and country parks owned by the Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland can reopen from tomorrow.
In a further easing of Covid-19 restrictions, vans selling food, ice creams and beverages will also be able to operate at the locations.
Additional copy: Vincent Kearney

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