BREAKING: There have been 68 additional confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported, the Department of Health has said
There have been no further deaths from Covid-10 and 68 additional confirmed cases, the Department of Health has said. The death toll from coronavirus here remains at 1,772 with 26,712 confirmed cases.
The death toll from coronavirus here remains at 1,772 with 26,712 confirmed cases.Two of the new cases reported today are from community transmission while 41 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.It comes as the Chair of the National Public Health Emergency Team's Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, Professor Philip Nolan, said community transmission of Covid-19 is the biggest concern facing NPHET.
Speaking on RTÉ's This Week programme, the Chairman of NPHET's Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group said he is "quite concerned" by the jump in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.Prof Nolan said the focus needs to be on the figure from the last 14 days. He said there has been a three-fold increase when you compare the last fortnight with the previous period.
He said there have been "explosive outbreaks" in certain counties, and said it is not uncommon to have 'superspreader' events. Prof Nolan said this is a warning sign that the virus can spread quickly. "While public health colleagues have moved quickly to track and manage it, and understand and contain them the thing to bear in mind is the virus spreads in a subtle way."
Meanwhile the Chief Executive of the Health Service Executive has said they are always planning for different scenarios with regard to Covid-19. Speaking on the same programme, Paul Reid said there are three main scenarios, which include reacting to a second surge, watching out for peaks and watching out for any local and regionalised outbreaks.
He said actions taken to reimpose restrictions in counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly relate to that third scenario. Mr Reid said they are always planning for whatever scenario emerges. He said testing is not a silver bullet to prevent transmission but it does help in how they manage and contain the virus.
Defending the stance taken by the HSE and Government in response to outbreaks, he said "appropriate actions" were taken with each outbreak.He said there is multi-agency and wider Government approach. "There are roles for many agencies in this process and the actions taken have been the right ones," Mr Reid said. He said it is about continuing a coordinated effort.
Read more:Calls for HSE to explain procedures around testing at meat plantsDept preparing options to restrict non-essential travelLatest coronavirus stories Separately, the Minister for Agriculture has said he could not guarantee that the restrictions reimposed on the three counties in the midlands would end after two weeks.
Also speaking on This Week, Dara Calleary said the authorities are doing huge work to suppress the coronavirus. He said he knows there is anger and frustration in the midlands regarding the restrictions and in particular for businesses.
The Mayo TD said the Government "will have to consider a specific package for businesses who are inconvenienced by this."He said they will look to see what level of supports are needed. Social Democrats co-leader and Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy has said there is huge anger in the counties over the restrictions.
She said people are questioning why entire counties are targeted instead of it being a certain radius around a meat plant that is subjected to restrictions. Ms Murphy said it runs the risk of "losing goodwill by not having a more sophisticated approach".
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Covid-19 cases jump to 174 with one confirmed death and 110 cases in KildareTHE number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland has jumped to 174. The Department of Health has recorded one further death. There has now been a total of 1,772 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland and 26,644…
Covid-19: 174 new cases and one further deathThere has been one further death from Covid-19 and 174 additional cases reported to the Department of Health. This brings the total number of deaths here to 1,772 with 26,644 cases. 110 of the 174 additional cases are in Co Kildare, the National Public Health Emergency Team has said
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