Covid 19

  • Another four people with Covid 19 have died in the Republic, and there are 16 new confirmed cases.

    The death toll now stands at 1,714 and the total number of cases is 25,355.

  • A further ten people with Covid 19 have died in the Republic.

    It brings the death toll here to 1,497.

    There are also 159 new confirmed cases - the total now stands at 23,401.

  • Three more people with Covid 19 have died here. 

    Eight new cases have also been announced.

    The death toll from the virus is now 1710 while there's a total of 25,341 confirmed cases. 

  • A further three people with Covid-19 have died in the Republic of Ireland. 

    Eleven new cases have been confirmed also.

    It brings the death toll in this country to 1,730, while there have been 25,414 confirmed cases.

  • A further three people with Covid 19 have died in the Republic, and there are six new confirmed cases.

    The death toll now stands at 1,738 and the total number of cases is 25,477.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team says 31 new coronavirus cases linked to travel were confirmed in June.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says the advice remains for people to avoid non-essential travel.

  • We're being asked to rethink our plans this weekend -- and socialise with a closer circle of friends.

    The Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn made the call after 159 more cases of Covid-19 were discovered across Ireland.

    Two more people infected with the virus were reported dead.

    75 of yesterday's positive tests were in Dublin -- with 10 in Louth, six each in Cork, Donegal and Meath, and five each and Laois and Wexford.

    The remaining 46 are spread across 17 different counties, including Mayo, Galway, Roscommon and Leitrim.

    Professor Sam McConkey at the Royal College of Surgeons says there are still ways to make connections with the people we love -- and it doesn't have to be through a laptop.

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    A three month agreement has been made for private hospitals to operate as public facilities.

    19 hospitals with a capacity of under 2,000 beds with 47 intensive care units will be used by the HSE - however the total cost of the deal has not been finalised.

    The hospitals will treat patients with coronavirus and those who need elective surgeries, and aims to relieve pressure on the current system.

    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says any people who use the facilities will be treated as public patients:

  • All pubs could be allowed to reopen by the middle of this month.

    The move's set to coincide with the release of the government's new long-term strategy for dealing with Covid-19.

    The government's currently finalising a new set of guidelines on the reopening of all pubs that will include strict regulation and inspection.

    According to the Irish Times, details will be shared with industry representatives over the coming days, with a view to having all pubs operating again by mid-September.

    The move's set to coincide Awith the government's own 'living with Covid' plan which is to be announced in nine days time.

    Meanwhile the Taoiseach says new rules requiring pubs and restaurants to keep a record of food orders for 28 days will protect law-abiding businesses.

    It follows criticism of the measure by pub owners.

    Micheál Martin insists Government has no interest in knowing what people are eating, and there's been an "overreaction" to the new rule.

  • A raffle last night for a holiday cottage in County Mayo to raise funds for healthcare workers has been won by a woman living in Dublin.

     

    The couple who own the home near Foxford which raised close to €1 million in the raffle described the level of interest as “unreal”.

     

    A Canada-based Irish couple, who are both Covid-19 survivors, decided in June to raffle their house because they wanted to give something back after surviving the virus.

     

    The Irish Times is reporting that the decision to raise money for healthcare support workers sprang from a combination of their own recent experience of the virus, seeing friends and family around them affected by cancer, and a lifelong belief that support staff in hospitals do not get the recognition they deserve.

     

    The tickets cost €10 and the money rolled in for weeks and quickly surpassed the couple’s initial target of €250,000.

     

    The 150-year-old cottage, on the Mayo side of the Ox Mountains, had been placed on the market through local agent CK Auctioneers earlier this year and attracted offers of up to €90,000.

     

    In a statement on its website this morning CK Auctioneers said the “winner of the cottage is a Dublin lady. Under GDPR we are awaiting permission from winner to publish their name.”

  • No covid-19 patients were reported to have died in the Republic yesterday for the first day since March,  while 18 further cases were confirmed here.

    There was one additional confirmed case in Mayo, bring the number of cases in the county to 572. There was no increase in confirmed cases in the other four counties of Connaught.

    It's emerged Ireland had more deaths than in a normal year in March and April -- but the Chief Medical Officer says that trend stopped in May.

    He was responding to analysis published by the Business Post at the weekend based on death notices.

    It argued Ireland's "excess deaths" up to the start of May were higher than in other European countries.

    But Dr Tony Holohan says the elevated death rate here hasn't lingered the same way.

  • A number of pupils at a west Dublin primary school have been sent home after a positive case of Covid 19 was confirmed.

    The student who tested positive and a number of close contacts have been advised to self-isolate.

    The local education board says remote lessons for them will be provided and the school continues to operate fully.

    It's the second confirmed case of coronavirus linked to a school since classes returned.

    Yesterday, a Dublin primary school sent an entire class home as a precaution, after one student tested positive.

  • There has been another confirmed case of Covid-19 in an East Mayo School.

    Parents of children deemed to be close contacts have been contacted and given advice.

    In a letter from the HSE, parents were advised that children who are not close contacts do not require testing and can continue to attend school.

    This is the second confirmed case in a Mayo School.

    It comes after there were 263 new cases of the virus announced yesterday evening which includes 14 new cases in Galway and nine in Mayo.

  • The report sought last month from the CE of the HSE by the then Minister for Health Simon Harris on the Covid-19 measures taken at Mayo University Hospital  from the outset of the Covid pandemic, now needs to be published, according to Aontu leader Peadar Toibin.

    According to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act to Mr Toibin  it is claimed that a cancer patient suffering the side effects of chemotherapy was placed in a Covid-19 ward at Mayo University Hospital.

    In details of the complaint, lodged by a relative of the patient, it is claimed that the man, who is an oncology patient, arrived at the ED OF Mayo University Hospital on May 1st ,  and was admitted to a Covid-19 ward where there were five Covid-19 patients.

    He had according to the complaint "arrived at the hospital as a very vulnerable patient with a very serious underlying illness and a compromised immune system". He was not displaying any Covid-19 symptoms”.

    The complainant, lodged on May 4th, alleges that the man was moved into an isolation ward later that same evening. However, by that time he had already been according to the complaint, "exposed to the coronavirus, unprotected, for an extended period of time".

    Mr Toibin told Midwest News today the report on what measures have been in place since the start of the pandemic to segregate Covid and non Covid patients at MUH is now needed to ensure people in this region have confidence to attend the hospital.

  • Parents should be able to take paid leave if their child's school or class is closed due to an outbreak of covid-19.

    The Labour Party has launched a new bill today proposing the right for parents to take paid "force majeure" leave in such a scenario.

    Party leader Alan Kelly says they shouldn't be left out of pocket while schools or classes are shut down.

    A Dublin primary school has sent home a class of students after one child tested positive for Covid 19.

    The South Dublin school confirmed 30 students have been sent home as a precaution.

    The school confirmed the news this morning, four days back in the classroom.

    The decision to close was taken based on public health advice after one child tested positive for Covid 19.

    The school says the pupil did not contract the virus through transmission on the premises.

    Almost 500 students attend the school in 18 classes - however only the affected class has been sent home.

     

     

  • Donegal will enter level three Covid-19 restrictions from midnight tonight.

    Businesses in the county were given a little more than 24 hours to prepare for the change.

    It will be the same restrictions as are in Dublin - including a ban on indoor dining.

    However, pubs that don't serve food will be allowed to open with outdoor service only.

    Acting Chief Medical Officer, Ronan Glynn, says a high spread of Covid-19 in Derry has had an impact on Donegal:

    The 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 in one area in Donegal is the highest in the country.

    The rate in Stranorlar is 336 per 100,000 population, which the Taoiseach says is particularly concerning.

    Dr Denis McCauley is a GP in the town - he says the current rate is alarming.

    The Taoiseach Micheal Martin warned last night of similar measures in other counties and cities where the incidence rate is  rising. “To be honest”, he said,  we could have similar announcements for other areas in the coming week, if the numbers keep rising”.

    Dr Glynn specifically warned of possible escalations in other counties urging people in Galway, Wicklow, Kildare, Waterford, Cork and Louth to pay particular attention to public health advice.

     

  • Ballina Fringe Festival, now in its third year, will take place from the 9th to the 18th of October. 

    The good news was announced today by festival organisers, who are actively planning ahead and looking forward to this year’s festival.

    An artistic exploration of life lived on the North Mayo coast, the festival plans to bring another lively programme of visual arts, music, spoken word and theatre to life this year, with contingency build in for socially distant and innovatively delivered events if required at that time.

    Pure Ballina, the festival’s signature street art programme that brought striking and colourful contemporary street art to Ballina will continue in 2020, with yet another street artist in residence working alongside some of Ballina’s community groups.

    Festival organisers are working to finalise a programme of events at present, as well as identifying prospective partners for the Pure Ballina street art project.

    A call for street artists will issue shortly and fundraising for the festival is ongoing.

    Festival updates will continue online at www.ballinafringefestival.ie, in the press and on social media.

  • The Michael Walsh Senior League game between Garrymore and Bohola Moy Davitts didn’t go ahead this afternoon as a player felt symptoms of Covid-19 during the warm-up.

    Bohola Moy Davitts have since confirmed this evening that the player in question has been tested and has reported a negative result.

    The club say they acted in the best interests of all involved and followed guidelines to ensure the safety of others.

    Moy Davitts have thanked Garrymore for their understanding on the matter and the way their covid supervisors dealt with the situation.

    The club went on to say that they apologise for any distress caused as a results of the situation and look forward to resuming activities this week.

  • Businesses involved in the tourism and hospitality industry are being urged to apply for new grants of up to €15,000 to offset some of the costs they incurred in adapting their premises to meet Covid-19 restrictions.

    Fáilte Ireland has launched a €26 million Covid-19 Adaptation Fund, after funding was secured as part of the Government's July Stimulus Package.

    Applications for the new grants are now open, and will remain open until 8th October.

    The amount of funding a business will receive will be determined by its size, and the type of costs incurred for structural adaptations.

    Sligo-Leitrim FG TD Frank Feighan is urging businesses across the West to apply for the grants.

  • 748 tests for Covid-19 were carried out at Mayo University Hospital between 25th May and 14th June.

    The figures were given by the HSE at yesterday's online meeting of the Regional Health Forum in response to queries from Castlebar Councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    Over the same 3 week period, almost 700 Covid-19 tests were carried out in the community in Co Mayo.

    571 of the Mayo tests were positive.

    However, Councillor Kilcoyne was informed that Covid-19 tests are not available on demand from people concerned about caring for elderly or vulnerable people - they must be referred by a GP.

    Councillor Kilcoyne had also asked about the total number of people who died at Mayo University Hospital and other HSE healthcare facilities in Co Mayo since the start of the pandemic - but was told that this information could not be provided.

    Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News this evening that it was more a case of the Saolta Hospital Group refusing to provide the figures.

  • The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council is asking people not to visit county Mayo over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

    Westport based councillor Brendan Mulroy is urging everyone to adhere to the national Covid 19 restrictions and not to visit family or friends this Easter, not to travel to holiday  homes, or to the county's beaches and mountains - unless they live within 2km  of these facilities.

    Speaking with Teresa O'Malley, the Cathaoirleach said it's a difficult ask, but necessary if we are to “flatten the curve” on the spread of the virus.