Slowing yes, but Covid deaths continue

Dr. Tony Holohan. RollingNews.ie photo.

By Conor McParland

Ten more people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland as of Tuesday, June 2, bringing the combined death toll for the entire island to 1,658.

Eight deaths were confirmed in the South, while a further two deaths were announced in the North.

Ten more cases have also been diagnosed in the Republic, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 25,066.

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The Republic's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said the median age of incident cases is about 48 years of age, up from mid-40s.

He said 54% of the confirmed cases over the past week are people aged between 24 and 55.

The median age of people in ICU is in the early 60s.

The median age of deaths overall in the Republic is 84 years of age.

In the North, a further two deaths brings the total number of recorded hospital deaths to 526.

Four new cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 4,732.

The highest number of cases and deaths has been in Belfast. Around 30% of all Northern Ireland deaths have occurred in the city. The Fermanagh and Omagh council area has recorded the lowest number of cases and lowest number of deaths.

Health Minister Robin Swann says it is important that "we never lose sight" that Covid-19 is still spreading in the North.

At an Executive briefing on Tuesday, Mr. Swann said people are still seriously ill and people are passing away, but he stated that the battle against the disease was now "finely balanced."

In the U.S., the Covid-19 death toll as of Wednesday, June 3, had risen above 108,000. The worldwide death total was 376,000.