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Coronavirus: Total Of 1,854 Cases in the Midlands

National news updates on Monday 21st September.

Local Figures: 

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has now been a total of 1,792 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

According to the HSE's Covid-19 dashboard, the total number of cases in Westmeath is 737, 688 in Offaly and 429 in Laois. 

That means a total of 1,854 in the Midlands region.

Those figures were correct as of Sunday night.  

As of midnight Sunday, 20 September, the HPSC has been notified of 188 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 33,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

·96 are men / 90 are women

·71% are under 45 years of age

·36% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case

·19 cases have been identified as community transmission

·76 cases are in Dublin, 25 in Cork, 21 in Donegal, 16 in Kildare, 13 in Galway, 7 in Roscommon and 7 in Waterford, with the remaining 23 cases spread across 12 counties.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

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

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The spirit of the response to COVID-19 since the outset of this pandemic has been solidarity and cooperation. While this pandemic is a uniquely challenging time for everyone, we can and will support one another in getting through this.

“Encourage your family and friends to heed the public health advice. Now more than ever, we need to work collectively. Our individual actions count on a population level.

“Every one of us doing our bit in our daily lives - halving our social contacts, working from home, keeping our distance, wearing a face covering, washing our hands - matters a great deal. These small, positive steps taken together amount to our best and strongest defence against the virus.”

German testing:

A German lab is on standby to process up to 2,000 Covid-19 tests a day from Ireland. 

The HSE's reached a deal with the facility to create 'surge capacity', meaning additional tests could be carried out, if Ireland reaches its 15,000 daily testing capacity. 

Over 85,000 tests have been completed in the past week alone. 

The HSE say its agreement with the German lab is capped at 2,000 a day, and will only be used if capacity is exceeded here. 

Efforts:

People are being asked to reduce their social contacts by half this week in an effort to control the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Acting CMO Dr Ronan Glynn says says those living in Donegal, Waterford and Louth need to be particularly vigilant due to a recent rise in cases.

396 new cases of Covid -19  were confirmed around the country yesterday - the highest daily figure since mid-May.

Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Mater Hospital, Professor Jack Lambert, says we need to get back to basics to prevent further spread in the community.

He says key to this is an improvement in the numbers wearing masks in public:

Immunology professor, Dr. Rachel McLoughlin from Trinity College Dublin, says people need to act now to slow the spread of the virus:

COVID: Parents are advised to be extra aware of the virus' symptoms.

Posted by Midlands 103 on Sunday, 20 September 2020

Spain:

New lockdown restrictions are being imposed on the worst-hit areas of Madrid today following a rise in coronavirus cases.

Around 850-thousand people - some of whom live in the poorest parts of Spain - will be affected by the new rules.

Yesterday, protestors in the city accused the regional government of punishing lower-income families.

But this man supports the new measures:

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