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Outbreaks amongst schoolgoers greater than doubled final week

An outbreak or cluster is defined by the surveillance centre as two or more cases of confirmed Covid-19. File photograph: The Irish Times


Coronavirus outbreaks related to colleges greater than doubled final week whereas personal houses account for greater than half of all outbreaks.

New knowledge from the Well being Safety Surveillance Centre (HPSC) present 49 outbreaks amongst schoolgoers in contrast with 22 the week earlier than. The surveillance centre report notes that these outbreaks are related to college kids or college employees and transmission of the virus inside the college has not essentially been established.

There have been 19 outbreaks in childcare amenities within the seven days to Saturday, March seventeenth, which is a slight enhance on the earlier week, when 16 had been confirmed.

An outbreak or cluster is outlined by the surveillance centre as two or extra circumstances of confirmed Covid-19.

Non-public houses proceed to be the principle supply of outbreaks, with 270 confirmed amongst households sharing a home out of a complete 454 outbreaks recorded final week. The report additionally exhibits there have been 27 clusters of the virus amongst prolonged households.

Six outbreaks had been confirmed in hospitals, two had been recognized in nursing houses and 7 had been present in residential establishments. There have been three related to eating places or cafes, regardless of these venues being closed to the general public apart from takeaway and one outbreak a pub-related cluster. Eight clusters had been traced to social gatherings, two had been related to stores and 12 occurred in workplaces.

In the meantime, the weekly incidence charge of the virus amongst these aged over 85 dropped by a 3rd final week, with 49 circumstances confirmed per 100,000 folks.

A brand new surveillance centre report inspecting weekly epidemiology of the virus exhibits that the seven-day charge amongst this older cohort has lowered by 68 per cent over a four-week interval. The speed of the virus amongst this age group peaked within the second week of January, when it hit 1,411 circumstances per 100,000.

Key indicators

Simply 33 folks aged 85 or over had been recognized with the virus final week.

The weekly charge fell by 16 per cent amongst 75- to 84-year-olds (to 47 per 100,000) final week and by 24 per cent within the 65 to 74 age cohort (to 39 per 100,000).

Nationally, the weekly incidence charge stood at 84 circumstances per 100,000 of the inhabitants on Saturday. Though this was a 3.8 per cent enhance on the week prior, it’s nonetheless 12 per cent decrease than 4 weeks beforehand.

Whereas the weekly charge has declined considerably within the older age cohorts, it has been rising amongst younger folks in latest weeks. Final week it was highest in kids beneath the age of 5, with 114 circumstances per 100,000 infants and toddlers. This is a rise of 10 per cent on the earlier seven days. There have been 378 kids beneath the age of 5 who examined constructive for the virus final week.

There was additionally a 17 per cent bounce within the weekly incidence charge amongst five- to 12-year-olds, with 103 circumstances per 100,000, and a 12 per cent rise within the charge among the many 19 to 24 age cohort, which stood at 110 final Saturday.

The speed amongst most teenagers (aged 13 to 18) was comparatively steady, experiencing a rise of lower than 1 per cent to convey it to 84 confirmed circumstances per 100,000.

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