8 babies have contracted coronavirus in Ireland
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8 babies have contracted coronavirus in Ireland

EIGHT babies have contracted coronavirus in Ireland since the outbreak of the pandemic, according the latest figures.

Though the severity of those cases are unknown, it isn't thought that any of them are life-threatening.

It was confirmed earlier this week that an infant, believed to be just six-weeks old, passed away due to Covid-19 complications in Connecticut, USA.

It's thought that the child is the youngest person to die as a result of coronavirus.

The most confirmed cases of the virus in Ireland are in the 65+ age bracket, with 22.5% of total patients, according to figures published by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPCA).

Dublin has 55% of all cases while Cork is the city with the second highest amount with 8.5%.

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25% of confirmed cases are thought to be health care workers, as they continue to risk their health and infection in a bid to save lives and contain the spread of the virus.

Community transition is thought to be the most common cause of all known cases in the country, with 24.5% of patients believed to have caught the virus this way.

The HSPCA figures also show that 28% of all coronavirus sufferers in Ireland have been hospitalised, while 134 have been admitted to ICU.

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer of the Department of Health, revealed that of those 134, 25 people have been discharged.

The median age of patients in ICU is 62.