Coronavirus: 63 New Cases Confirmed In The Midlands

National news updates on Friday 23rd October.

Latest Figures:

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, all occurred in October.

There has been a total of 1,878 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Thursday 22nd October the HPSC has been notified of 777 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 55,261* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

434 are men / 340 are women

66% are under 45 years of age

The median age is 33 years old

182 in Dublin, 81 in Galway, 44 in Wexford, 42 in Meath, 41 in Cork and the

remaining 387 cases are spread across 21 remaining counties.

As of 2pm today 319 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “15,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 14 days. It is vital for everyone with a recent diagnosis to self-isolate for the full 10 days to protect the people they live with, the people they love and people in their communities from this highly infectious disease. Self-isolate means stay at home, stay in your room as much as possible, stay away from other people, including those in your household.

“If you live with someone who has COVID-19 or you have been told that you are a close contact, you must restrict your movements for a full 14 days. Stay at home - don’t go to work, don’t go to school.

“I appeal to everyone to behave as though you are a close contact. Stay at home, other than for essential reasons. Now is the time to use our reserves of energy and dig deep in our efforts to follow the public health advice – keep your distance, wash your hands and wear a face covering. Play your part to break the chains of transmission across families, neighbours and communities.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 8 confirmed cases. The figure of 55,261 confirmed cases reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 22 October 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population).

County

 

Today’s cases

(to midnight 22OCT2020)

 

14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population

09OCT2020 to 22OCT2020)

 

New Cases during last 14 days

(09OCT2020 to 22OCT2020)

 

IRELAND

 

777

 

306.1

 

14,578

 

Cavan

 

31

 

1,058.1

 

806

 

Meath

 

42

 

661.9

 

1,291

 

Westmeath

 

37

 

451.7

 

401

 

Monaghan

 

14

 

408.9

 

251

 

Sligo

 

27

 

407.4

 

267

 

Galway

 

81

 

373.2

 

963

 

Cork

 

41

 

327.7

 

1,779

 

Wexford

 

44

 

321.9

 

482

 

Donegal

 

20

 

312.2

 

497

 

Clare

 

30

 

311.4

 

370

 

Longford

 

15

 

310.7

 

127

 

Kildare

 

28

 

304.7

 

678

 

Limerick

 

37

 

302.2

 

589

 

Louth

 

<5

 

283.2

 

365

 

Leitrim

 

8

 

277.7

 

89

 

Roscommon

 

11

 

269.6

 

174

 

Dublin

 

182

 

257.7

 

3,472

 

Kerry

 

15

 

255.2

 

377

 

Carlow

 

<5

 

242.4

 

138

 

Mayo

 

24

 

242.1

 

316

 

Offaly

 

13

 

225.8

 

176

 

Laois

 

13

 

219.6

 

186

 

Waterford

 

14

 

176.5

 

205

 

Kilkenny

 

5

 

174.3

 

173

 

Wicklow

 

25

 

143.2

 

204

 

Tipperary

 

16

 

126.6

 

202

 

 

Incidence:

Ballyjamesduff in Cavan remains the local electoral area with the highest incidence rate of Covid-19.

Two areas in the country now have a rate of more than 1,000.

For the second week in a row, Ballyjamesduff has the highest 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 people.

It has more than doubled over the past week to 1,488, while Ratoath in Meath has also grown to 1,212.

Other areas with increasingly high rates include Gorey in Wexford has a rate of 979 - as well as Ashbourne in Meaht on 753 and Cavan-Belturbet at 774.

In terms of cities, Galway City Central has a 14-day rate of 981 - while the highest in Cork is the South Central area of the city with a rate of 804.

The area with the highest rate in Dublin now is Palmerstown-Fonthill on 386.

A number of local electoral areas still have a rate of less than five - including Nenagh in county Tipperary and Lismore in Waterford.

We are #heretohelp.

Posted by Garda Síochána Westmeath on Thursday, 22 October 2020

 

Scotland:

Scotland's First Minister will announce a five-tier plan of Covid-19 measures today after a three-tiered system was introduced in England.

If approved next week, the new rules will come into force on November 2nd.

Nicola Sturgeon has already said the three middle tiers will be similar to the English system, where areas are classed as either "medium", "high" or "very high" risk.

England:

Several areas in England could soon be facing tougher Covid-19 restrictions.

Talks will continue this morning to move Nottinghamshire into the highest level of measures, while Warrington and West Yorkshire are also considering it.

Those measures have now come in across Greater Manchester, meaning a ban on households mixing indoors, and pubs which don't serve food closing.

The city was given 60 million pounds by the UK Government to support businesses - even though the Mayor said a minimum of 65 million was needed.

The region's head of police Ian Hopkins says his force will do whatever it can to enforce the rules:

Vaccine:

Social restrictions may still be necessary even when a vaccine for Covid-19 is found according to an immunisation expert.

Former Director of Immunisation at the UK's Department of Health David Salisbury says we have to be realistic. 

Zero-covid strategy:

People Before Profit will launch a zero-covid strategy today, which they say will eliminate Covid-19 from the country.

The group doesn't believe in constantly going in and out of lockdowns.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said the policy is not a viable option for the country.

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett says they're putting forward an alternative strategy to the Government's:

Body image:

Stress around the Covid-19 pandemic has been found to be causing issues with body image in both men and women.

Research shows males have a greater desire for muscularity - and women for thinness.

The study author's warned it could lead to more serious eating disorders - but said more research would need to be done.

 

Sanitiser:

Some schools may not be able to open today after a brand of hand sanitiser has been recalled. 

Virapro hand sanitiser has been found to cause respiratory and eye irritation, as well as headaches and dermatitis.

Tests were carried out by the Department of Agriculture which shows Viropro Hand Sanitiser doesn't comply with regulations around the products products.

In a statement, it says prolonged use of Viropro can cause dermatitis, eye irritation, upper respiratory system irritation as well as headaches.

The company which makes the product has been told to recall all of its bottles immediately.

The Department of Education meanwhile say it is one of 11 hand sanitisers used in schools.

It is advising schools to make local arrangements to buy other products and says they should maximise hand washing.

And if a Prinicipal decides it is not safe to open without stocks of hand sanitiser they can close early for the mid-term break.

The Department of Agriculture says an investigation is ongoing.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire says it's such short notice for principals and parents:

Nursing home:

Nursing Homes Ireland say an outbreak among the majority of residents at a Galway facility is very disturbing.

25 out of the 27 residents at Nightingale Nursing home in Ahascragh were confirmed to have the virus, while one person has died.  

The HSE says it's providing support to the care home.

Nursing Homes Ireland Chief Executive, Tadhg Daly says nursing homes are more vulnerable due to a rise in community transmission:

Contact tracing:

The Chief Medical Officer says he's not concerned about the breakdown in the contact tracing system. 

The HSE asked 2,500 thousand people who tested positive to do their own contact tracing after the system became overwhelmed. 

A further 1,066 cases were confirmed last night, alongside three additional deaths.

The national 14 day incidence rate is now 302 per 100 thousand people.

Dr. Tony Holohan says we all need to act as though we are close contacts:

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