The Department of Health have confirmed two new deaths from COVID-19 in Ireland.

Both are from the East, one a female with an underlying health condition, while a male, is also from the East.

It means there have now been nine deaths from the novel coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland, with two more COVID-19 deaths recorded in Northern Ireland, bringing the total on the island to 16.

235 new cases have also been confirmed in the country.

It brings the total number of cases in the country to 1,564 cases.

As of midnight, Monday 23rd March (1,164 cases), reveals:

55% are male and 45% are female, with 63 clusters involving 289 cases. The median age of confirmed cases is 45 years and 305 cases (26%) have been hospitalised

Of those hospitalised, 39 cases have been admitted to ICU.

283 cases (24%) are associated with healthcare workers while Dublin has the highest number of cases at 559, (57% of all cases) followed by Cork with 133 cases (11%)

Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 49%, close contact accounts for 23%, travel abroad accounts for 28%

Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer has said that new Covid-19 testing criteria will result in fewer negative results.

94 percent of all tests have come back negative with up to 20 thousand people a day requesting tests.

From today, patients will only be tested if they have a fever and coughing or are short of breath.

They must also be a healthcare worker, be in an at risk group or have had close contact with a known case.

While his Northern Irish counterpart says many thousands of people are likely to have the disease north of the border.

Earlier today it was confirmed that a 21 year old woman has died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK.

Chloe Middleton, from High Wycombe, apparently had no underlying health conditions and is thought to be the youngest victim.

Irish citizens living in Italy will be able to travel back from Rome tomorrow on a special flight by the Italian airline Alitalia.

Around 500 Italian citizens will be repatriated on two flights from Dublin tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Ryanair will operate a limited schedule to some European cities and says it’s working hard to provide repatriation and rescue flights for many EU governments.

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