Coronavirus, Covıd-19, European Centre For Disease Control

Coronavirus, Covıd-19

Health system could be overwhelmed by Covid-19 - ECDC

Risk continues despite clear progress in slowing the spread of the coronavirus thanks to community and physical distancing measures, hand hygiene, cough etiquette and other measures

09/04/2020 08:35:00

Risk continues despite clear progress in slowing the spread of the coronavirus thanks to community and physical distancing measures, hand hygiene, cough etiquette and other measures

The probability of continued spread of Covid-19 is very high and the risk of exceeding the capacity of our health system remains high, the European Centre for Disease Control has warned.

This is despite clear progress in slowing the spread of the coronavirus thanks to community and physical distancing measures, hand hygiene, cough etiquette and other measures.Over the past week alone 150 people here have died here from Covid-19 and the number in intensive care is growing by 30 per day.

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So far, 224 confirmed cases have been admitted to Intensive Care, 62% of them are under the age of 65.There are 145 people still in Intensive Care and another 22 people, suspected to be infected but still awaiting test results, are also in intensive care on ventilators.

To date, 27 intensive care patients have died. That is on top of another 141 patients who died elsewhere in hospital wards.Outside of hospitals, including in nursing homes, 67 people have died.There have now been 235 Covid-19 related deaths in the country, with 6,074 confirmed cases of the virus. 

Meanwhile in a new report, the European Centre for Disease Control has said that the use of face masks in the community may serve as a way of reducing the spread of the infection and could be considered when visiting busy, closed spaces, such as grocery stores, shopping centres, or when using public transport.

Around 80% of cases of Covid-19 will be a mild to moderate illness, close to 14% have severe disease and around 6% are critical. Generally, you need to be 15 minutes or more in the vicinity of an infected person, within 1-2 metres, to be considered at-risk or a close contact.

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