fourth wave

  • The HSE is reporting a dramatic increase in the number of Covid-19 cases across the West over the past 5 days.

    Case  numbers have doubled in Co Mayo, and tripled in Galway - with young adults being particularly hit by infection - and this age group remains largely unvaccinated.

    Health officials are urging people to continue to practice public health behaviours - such as washing hands, wearing a mask and avoiding large gatherings.

    Dr Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health for HSE West, says it's clear we're now on the upward curve of the 4th wave of Covid-19 infection, and everyone needs to remain vigilant - whether or not they're vaccinated.

    Dr Smyth told Midwest News this lunchtime about the dramatic rise in positive cases across Mayo and Galway in recent days.....

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    The Tanaiste says he doesn't believe there will be a lockdown due to the Delta variant of Covid-19.

     Leo Varadkar has told the Irish Independent that the country will "weather through" a spike in cases by ramping up vaccinations and keeping the current restrictions in place.

     It comes as the five-day moving average of cases has increased by 28 percent in the past week - it now stands at 413.

     512 new cases of the virus were reported yesterday evening - the highest daily figure in nearly a month, with the Delta variant now accounting for about 70 percent of cases.

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    The Tánaiste says the government is seriously concerned about the possibility of a fourth wave of COVID before the summer.

    Cabinet will decide on Tuesday whether or not any restrictions can be eased in April.

    A number of Ministers believe the 5km travel rule should be scrapped and there will be a push to re-open home construction.

    Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says any measures they introduce will be careful and considered:

     

     

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    The World Health Organisation is warning of the danger of a fourth wave of Covid-19 in Ireland, as restrictions ease.

    The Taoiseach told his parliamentary party last night the country's still 'on track' for the gradual lifting of the lockdown.

    Countrywide travel will be allowed from next Monday and all non-essential shops can reopen the following week.

    But Dr David Nabarro, from the World Health Organisation is warning  it could lead to a big rise in Covid cases.

  • The World Health Organisation says there could be a fourth wave of Covid-19 in Ireland - if people socialise too much.

    The warning comes ahead of the Bank Holiday Weekend, with large crowds gathering in Dublin, Cork and Galway last weekend.

    The Taoiseach says the state needs to provide better facilities for people to socialise outdoors.

    Micheál Martin says we need to be 'creative' in cities and towns - and work with councils to redesign streets.

    Dr David Nabarro, from the W-H-O, says Covid can still spread in outdoor settings...

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