Dr Tony Holohan explains the jump in Covid-19 deaths reported on Monday
687 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland.
In Ireland on Monday, it was announced that 77 more people had sadly died from Covid-19.
It marked the largest mortality figure reported in Ireland from the coronavirus outbreak to date.
On social media on Monday night, Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan, explained in detail that these were not just deaths in a 24-hour period.
Holohan has explained previously that what the National Public Health Emergency Team reports on a daily basis is the number of deaths notified to them on any particular day, rather than the numbers who actually died on that day.
He said the deaths reported at the Department of Health briefing on Monday were spread throughout the month but they were notified of them on Monday.
Today’s figure for mortality was 77 notified deaths of laboratory confirmed #COVID19.
The graphs show that they occurred over a period of time and that our daily growth rate in the notification of these deaths by date of occurrence continues to decrease.
— Dr Tony Holohan (@CMOIreland) April 20, 2020
"The graphs show that they occurred over a period of time and that our daily growth rate in the notification of these deaths by date of occurrence continues to decrease," Holohan said.
The breakdown below shows the days on which the 77 deaths occurred in Ireland, spanning from 2 April until Monday, 20 April.
Holohan expressed his sympathies with the families of the deceased across the country and vowed to continue efforts to suppress the spread of the disease.