covid

  • "Parties and pints" are on hold as the government announced  yesterday evening that it has stalled the lifting of Phase 4 of the Covid restrictions from Monday next to August the 10th.

    The Health Minister has played down the impact of foreign travel on the spread of the coronavirus.

    The reproductive rate of the virus has now increased to between 1.2 and 1.8 and phase four has been delayed until August 10th.

    It means pubs, nightclubs and casinos can't re-open and restrictions on public gatherings remain in place.

    Face-coverings in all shops will become mandatory and no more than 10 people can attend social gatherings in a house.

    A 'green list' for international travel will be published on Monday, and and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has played down the impact of tourists on the spread of the virus.

    Professor Sam McConkey, the president of the Infectious Diseases Society of Ireland, says it was right to halt the reopening plan.

    Gatherings of up 100 people indoors and 500 outdoors now won't be allowed until August 10th.

    The current limits of 50 and 200 respectively will apply until then.

    Elaina Fitzgerald-Kane, president of the Irish Hotels Federation, says that's a big blow to the hospitality sector.

    Padraig Cribben, chief executive of the Vintners Federation of Ireland, says the delay to reopening all pubs is 'absolutely shocking'.

    He says publicans will now need extra funding from the government to prevent them closing for good.

    Retail Excellence Ireland has welcomed the government's decision to make face-coverings mandatory in shops.

    Managing director Duncan Graham hopes it can boost customer confidence.

     

  • The portal to register for a covid-19 vaccine will open to people aged 45 to 49 this week.

    49 year olds can register for an appointment from tomorrow, with those aged 48 to register on Thursday, and so on.

    More than 2.1 million vaccine doses have now been administered in the Republic.

    People can register for their vaccine by going to vaccine.HSE.ie or calling 1850 24 1850.

     

     

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    436 new cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed this evening in the Republic.

    101 patients are in hospital with the virus of which 39 are in ICU.

    The department of health says the case numbers may change due to future data reviews, following the cyber attack.

     

     

     

     

  • The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to Covid-19.

    Of the deaths notified today, 5 occurred in April, 1 in February and 1 in January.

    As of midnight last night (Tues)  418 new cases of the virus were confirmed in the Republic.

    There were 10 new cases in Galway, and less than 5 cases in each of the counties - Mayo, Roscommon and Leitrim. There were no cases reported in Sligo.

  • The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to Covid-19.

    Of the deaths reported today 2 occurred in April, 2 occurred in March and 3 occurred in February. 

    As of midnight last night (Wed) 400 new confirmed cases of the virus were confirmed in the Republic.

    There were 21 new cases of the virus in Galway, 6 in Mayo, less than 5 cases in both counties Roscommon and Leitrim and no new cases in Sligo.

     

     

  • The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19.

    This death occurred in January.

    As of midnight last night (Sunday)  687 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the Republic.

    Of the cases notified today - 240 are in Dublin, 49 in Limerick, 44 in Offaly, 40 in Galway, 36 in Louth and the remaining 278 cases are spread across 19 other counties.

    There are 24 new cases in Mayo, 14 in Roscommon, 5 in Sligo and less than 5 in Leitrim.