New figures from the Department of Health show that two-thirds of confirmed cases of COVID-19 as at Monday of this week are in people under the age of 55.

The National Public Health Emergency Team analysed 271 cases notified as at midnight Monday, 16 March.

In a release this evening (Wednesday) the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) said of the 271 cases notified, 40% are male and 59% female.

They also revealed that two-thirds of confirmed cases were under the age of 55, with just 15% over the age of 65.

Contrary to expectations, almost one in four cases  were aged 35 – 44 years .

Table: HPSC

The HPSC said “42% cases are travel related, 22% associated with community transmission, 17% are as a result of local transmission and 20% remain under investigation”.

1 in 5 cases are healthcare workers with 37% of these cases associated with travel.

Dublin has the highest number of cases at 129, followed by Cork (48) and Limerick (14)

The HPSC also said it been informed of 74 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, with a total of 366 confirmed cases in the Republic.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health, said:

“Again, today we are seeing another increase in case numbers. The importance of social distancing cannot be underestimated. Everyone must play their role.

“We need to continue maximising our efforts to interrupt new transmission chains and keep clusters under control.

“Reduce your social contacts to those in your closest family network. Practice social distancing. Stop shaking hands and hugging when you say hello.”