New figures released  by the Irish health authorities show that 94% of those who died with Covid-19 had an underlying condition. 

The epidemiology report prepared by HPSC on September 7th, looked at data around confirmed COVID-19 cases notified in Ireland up to midnight on September 5th.

It revealed that of the total number of 1,777 deaths recorded with Covid-19, 1677 cases – or 94% of the total –  had “underlying clinical conditions”.

Of those who had lost their lives, some 85% were 65 or older, and men and women were almost equally represented in the estimated 1,777 deaths.

The report cautioned that some 1,519 deaths were “confirmed” as being with Covid-19 while 99 were listed as “probable” and another 159 were “possible”.

The figures have been published at a time of growing public concern at the effect of a threatened second lockdown as the number of Covid-19 cases rise.