The Health Service Executive of Ireland (HSE) has confirmed that no nurses in Ireland have died as a result of COVID-19, following reports suggesting otherwise.
A series of tweets posted on Monday claimed that a nurse in Ireland had contracted the virus and subsequently passed away.
However, the HSE has since confirmed that this is, thankfully, not the case.
"The HSE doesn't comment on individual cases to protect people's privacy," the organisation noted in a statement issued on Tuesday, March 31.
"However, when we become aware of fake news that causes distress to our staff and families we must act. Contrary to tweets sent yesterday - thankfully none of our nurses have died in Ireland from COVID-19."
@HSELive doesn’t comment on individual cases to protect people’s privacy. However, when we become aware of fake news that causes distress to our staff and families we must act. Contrary to tweets sent yesterday - thankfully none of our nurses have died in Ireland from #COVID19.— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) March 31, 2020
Speaking on Monday, Doctor Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said;
"We are beginning to see encouraging signs in our efforts to flatten the curve. However, we cannot become complacent as we are still seeing new cases and more ICU admissions every day."
As of Tuesday night, some 24% of COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Ireland are linked to healthcare workers.
Of the 647 healthcare workers with the virus, 75% had no history of travel in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms.
Dublin remains the county with the highest number of cases at 1,487, accounting for 55.5% of all cases in the country. Cork has the second-highest figure, with 238 cases, or almost 9%.
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group (IEMAG) said earlier this week that by committing to social distancing, Ireland's daily growth rate is slowing down considerably.
“We know what an unmitigated epidemic looks like, we are not on that track," he told reporters.
"The model reveals that before restrictions were in place, the daily growth rate of confirmed cases was at 33%. This has fallen in recent days to around 15%. But it is still growing and needs to fall further.”
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