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Covid-19 Pandemic

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 9 June 2020

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Questions (345)

Michael McGrath


345. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the number of persons that have died from Covid-19 by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9827/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Data is collected on COVID-19 related mortality for both lab confirmed and probable cases, in line with recommendations from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in both hospitals and the community. We committed from the outset to collect the most extensive data possible in order that the information could inform and guide the public health actions necessary to respond to the very serious threat posed by COVID-19. The Deputy might note that the collection of mortality data in Ireland exceeds that of many other countries in the world.

My Department was notified that up to 6 June 2020, sadly a total of 1,679 people have died.  For reasons of patient confidentiality, and to protect the identity of those who have died, my Department does not provide a breakdown of this information by county.