Irish Times 20 March 2020 -/>
More people in Ireland have contracted coronavirus in the community than as a result of foreign travel, the latest figures show.
A total of 137 community transmission cases have been recorded, according to an analysis of confirmed cases, with 132 infections linked to foreign travel.
Seventy-three people were infected with Covid-19 due to contact with a confirmed case, while 96 remain “under investigation”.
The figures emerged as the department announced that 126 new cases of coronavirus were reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on Friday evening, slightly lower than the previous day.
There are now 683 confirmed coronavirus cases in the State, and three people have died. An analysis of the causes of the 683 cases has not yet been completed.
Monaghan remains the only county without confirmed case, according to the department’s chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan.
People aged over 65 account for 17 per cent of cases, and 29 per cent of the total number hospitalised.
Of the notified cases, 55 per cent involve men and there are 27 reported clusters involving 142 cases.
The median age of patients is 44 years, and 32 per cent of those who have fallen ill with the virus have been hospitalised. Twelve patients have had to be admitted to intensive care.