DUBLIN, Ireland - The coronavirus death toll in Ireland rose to 174 on Monday, with news that a further sixteen people had died in the previous 24 hours.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said 11 of the deaths occurred in the east, four in the north west, and 1 in the west of the country
Six females, and 10 males died. Only four of the patients had pre-existing health ailments.
The average age of the sixteen was 78.
The average age among all patients who have died in Ireland is 81.
370 new cases of COVID-19 in Ireland were confirmed Monday.
There are now 5,364 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
The HSE says it is now working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.
"Our research shows overall level of worry remains high at 7 out of 10 but has not increased significantly since the middle of March, despite the introduction of more restrictive measures," Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said Monday.
Dr. Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer HSE, added: "Our Healthcare system has been preparing for a surge in COVID-19 cases but it is important to remind people that our hospitals continue to carry out all emergency and essential activity."