This evening the Health Protection Surveillance Centre announced that there’s been 204 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and a patient diagnosed with the virus has died.
The patient, a male in the east of the country, had an underlying health condition.
It bring to seven the number of COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
There are now 1,329 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
To date, 17,992 tests have been carried out in laboratories across the country, as of midnight last night (Monday).
Today’s data from HPSC, as of midnight, Sunday (965 cases), reveals:
• 55% are male and 45% are female, with 44 clusters involving 243 cases
• the median age of confirmed cases is 45 years
• 277 cases (29%) have been hospitalised
• Of those hospitalised, 36 cases have been admitted to ICU
• 247 cases (26%) are associated with healthcare workers
• Dublin has the highest number of cases at 535, (55% of all cases) followed by Cork with 123 cases (13%)
• Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 47%, close contact accounts for 23%, travel abroad accounts for 31%
The National Public Health Emergency Team met last night (Monday) and this morning (Tuesday) to review Ireland’s response to COVID-19 preparedness.
The following recommendations were made by the National Public Health Emergency Team and today adopted by Government:
• Ireland has adopted the World Health Organisation (WHO) case definition for COVID-19; A patient with fever and at least one sign of respiratory disease e.g. cough, shortness of breath.
• Individuals should work from home unless attendance at the workplace is absolutely essential
• Non-essential retail outlets are to close to members of the public. Essential retail outlets are to implement strict physical distancing measures
• All sporting events are cancelled, including those behind closed doors.
• All playgrounds and holiday/caravan parks are closed.
• All organised social indoor or outdoor events of any size are not to take place.
• All cafes and restaurants are to operate on a take-away or delivery basis. Strict physical distancing measures apply to queuing for this service.
• People should not use public transport unless it is absolutely necessary.
“We are now in the crucial weeks of our response to COVID-19,” Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said. “All actions we take are based on epidemiological evidence and in proportion to our experience on this island.
“As we learn more about this disease, we are prioritising who will be tested. If you are not in a priority group, you might not be tested. However, if you have the symptoms, assume you have COVID-19 and isolate yourself.”
Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Priority groups for testing include close contacts of a confirmed case with symptoms, healthcare workers with symptoms and people who are vulnerable with symptoms.
Whether you are tested or not, the advice remains the same; if you have any symptoms, assume you have COVID-19 and isolate yourself for 14 days to help stop the spread of this disease. Household contacts of a suspected case should restrict their contacts for 14 days.”
Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, added that 14,692 samples have been tested at the NVRL, of which 93% returned negative.
“Ireland is following WHO advice to “test, test, test” and is in the top quartile in terms of number of tests we have performed per capita. This, alongside physical distancing measures and intensive contact tracing, is deemed best practice internationally for dealing with this threat.”
Analysis of public health contact tracing has shown that the average number of close contacts per confirmed case has decreased from 20+ to the region of five contacts. This shows that the public is following health advise and actively limiting the amount of people they engage with.
NPHET will meet again on Thursday, March 26, to review Ireland’s ongoing preparedness and response to COVID-19.
Caution urged as “damaging gusts” expected during Storm Barra
Road users are being advised to be extremely cautious during tomorrow’s Storm Barra after an Orange Weather Alert was issued for the county. According to Met Éireann, southerly winds which will later becoming north-westerly, will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with severe or damaging gusts of up to 130km/h, possibly higher in coastal […]
Road users are being advised to be extremely cautious during tomorrow’s Storm Barra after an Orange Weather Alert was issued for the county.
According to Met Éireann, southerly winds which will later becoming north-westerly, will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with severe or damaging gusts of up to 130km/h, possibly higher in coastal areas affecting Kerry, Clare, Cork, Galway, and Limerick.
A Yellow Warning has been issued for the rest of the country on Tuesday and for a time on Wednesday, as Storm Barra brings very strong winds and spells of heavy rain across Ireland. Heavy rain will bring localised flooding. There will also be a risk of coastal flooding on south and west coasts.
Road users in areas affected by the Orange Warning are advised to check local traffic and weather conditions before setting out on a journey.
The following advice is being given by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to road users.
Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds, especially on exposed routes such as dual carriageways and motorways. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.
Beware of objects being blown onto the road. Expect road conditions to change quickly in high winds so reduce your speed.
Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.
Drivers should allow extra space between themselves and vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds.
Drivers need to slow down in wet weather conditions, to avoid the risk of aquaplaning. Drivers should also leave a bigger gap between themselves and the vehicle in front.
If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think. They may also have trees or branches that have fallen that may not be visible.
Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic.
After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes.
Drive with dipped headlights at all times.
Advice to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists:
In areas affected by Orange Weather Warnings you should consider postponing your journey until conditions improve.
Visibility and light is reduced in poor weather conditions. Keep safe by making sure you can be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Walk on a footpath where possible and not in the street. If there is a footpath and it is safe to use, look out for falling debris from above, especially in urban areas.
Walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.
Cyclist should ensure that they and their bike are visible to other road users by investing in a good set of front and rear lights (white at the front, red at the back) and by wearing clothes that help you be seen on your bike such as bright and light reflective items.
For advice on severe weather driving tips, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.
Killarney competitors bring home the medals
By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]
By Michelle Crean
It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.
Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”
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