BREAKING: First Covid-19 death in Ireland confirmed

BREAKING: First Covid-19 death in Ireland confirmed

THE Department of Health has confirmed the first death in Ireland of a patient who had been diagnosed with Covid-19.

It’s understood the deceased is a woman who was being treated at a hospital in the east of the country.

In a statement, The Department said the Health Protection Surveillance Centre was informed of the death this Wednesday afternoon.

Confirming the death, Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, at the Department of Health, said:

"I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of this patient. I urge the media and the public to respect their privacy at this difficult time. We continue our efforts to interrupt the transmission of this virus. It will take all of us, collectively to succeed. Please continue to follow public health advice."

An update is expected on the current situation in Ireland later this evening.

_____________________________________________________________________________________

For updates and advice on Covid-19, visit the HSE website or the dedicated coronavirus section of our website.

More News

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.