The Department of Health has been informed of 430 brand-new cases of Covid-19 and no more deaths.
212 these days’s cases were reported in Dublin, 54 in Cork, 23 in Donegal, 23 in Galway, 16 in Louth, 15 in Monaghan, 12 in Clare, 12 in Meath, 9 in Cavan, 8 in Roscommon, 7 in Wicklow, 6 in Limerick, 5 in Kildare, 5 in Tipperary with the staying 23 cases in 9 counties.
72%of people who evaluated positive were under 45, while 222 were guys and 208 were women.
40%are related to break outs or are close contacts of a validated case.
59 of the cases were recognized as community transmission.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn stated: “As we begin into this brand-new week, I am asking every household throughout the nation to sit together this evening and make a strategy to decrease the number of people you meet today.
” We have absolutely no space for complacency. If everyone, family, work environment and organisation does not play their part the scenario will continue to degrade.
” For individuals who live in Donegal and Dublin remember Federal government advice is to work from home unless it is important to go to in person.
” For people living in these and all other counties, assume that Covid-19 is flowing in your community and act accordingly.”
Northern Ireland revealed 187 new cases of coronavirus today and no additional deaths. It takes the cumulative total of cases there to 10,729 with the death toll remaining at 578.
Previously, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has stated he is “carefully positive” that the additional Covid-19 procedures in Dublin are working but added that it is still “extremely early days”.
Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme, Mr Donnelly said he had “no doubt” that individuals living in the Dublin area were doing their best to limit their interactions in order to bring down the spread of the virus.
He had been talking to the Performing Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn over the weekend and they were “meticulously positive” about the capital but he stressed it was still “extremely early days”.
Mr Donnelly said: “Where we are in Dublin right now is that the 14- day virus rate is at147 The seven-day rate is at 78, so simply above half of that.
” What we wish to begin seeing is that the seven-day rate becomes less than half of the 14- day rate … what that then starts to reveal us is that the virus is plateauing.
” I have no doubt that the large majority of individuals in Dublin are restricting their contacts to try and lower the R (reproductive) rate.”
He urged: ” Think of all the people you are intending on conference in the next week or two, and half that number. If we all lower our contacts, then we will press this infection back.
” What I desire, what everyone desires, is that we get every county and every part of this nation pull back to Level 1 as quickly as possible.”
Mr Donnelly stated there are no prepare for the National Public Health Emergency Situation Group (NPHET) to call an emergency conference this week on extra limitations in other counties.
But he said there are 4 currently being looked at “really thoroughly” – Cork, Galway, Louth and Wicklow.
On bed capacity in medical facilities come winter, the Minister stated he was “really worried” about the coming weeks ahead. That was why they released the Winter Strategy this earlier than normal
He said the HSE is negotiating with each private hospital separately in order to create extra surge capability if another wave of Covid-19 happens, along with to produce additional capacity to treat public patients.
According to HSE chief executive Paul Reid, there are 100 cases of Covid-19 in Irish medical facilities at present, consisting of 18 in ICU.
” Although lower than our worst peak, the impact on our health centers is as considerable as we’re now attempting to keep all of our other services running too. This is a call to arms to everybody,” he stated on Twitter.
On the influenza vaccine this winter season, Mr Donnelly said that 2 million will be provided to all groups recognized as being at danger, along with for children totally free. He stated it would be a nasal spray rather than an injection.
On NPHET dealing with brand-new checking out guidelines for nursing homes, Mr Donnelly stated he wishes to have the ability to have individuals visiting their loved ones coming up to Christmas.
On the other hand Sage Advocacy stated in a statement that initial feedback from its Nursing Home Residents-Family Online forum revealed families and family members are disappointed that the Federal government has not drawn up a national protocol relating to sees to long term care facilities, consisting of assisted living home.
The group’s executive director, Sarah Lennon, stated that while standards remain in location for retirement home sees these are open to interpretation by nursing home operators.
As a result, various limitations are in location from nursing home to nursing home and from county to county.
” Stringent adherence to strict infection prevention and control steps is vital to minimise the Covid-19 threat and we completely respect and assistance that, as do households, but this ought to not always result in a closed door policy when it concerns check outs to assisted living home,” she stated.
Simply locking assisted living home citizens far from their households and loved ones is not an alternative.
Ms Lennon stated allowing loved ones and households to continue going to nursing homes is “seriously essential, they can instantly see and evaluate for themselves the care their enjoyed one is getting in a retirement home”.
A professional in infectious diseases stated existing information reveals there have actually been 6 outbreaks in assisted living home over the last couple of weeks, although the scale of those outbreaks is not yet known.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor program, Professor Sam McConkey likewise said Garda-imposed Covid-19 limitations might not be needed going forward if individuals and communities can change their behaviour.
He stated there is better cooperation if individuals voluntarily pick to do something, which he said was more suitable to enforcement.
Indicating Cork as an example, Prof McConkey stated if individuals there were to willingly alter how they socialise for two to four weeks, then you would not require legislation and “rigidly imposed heavy-handed restrictions”.