Covid 19

  • The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been informed of 102 new confirmedcases of COVID-19 in Ireland.


    There are now 785 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.


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


    The data from HPSC, as of midnight, Thursday 19 March (584 cases), reveals;

    • Of the 584 cases notified, 55% are male and 44% are female, with 29 clusters involving 157 cases.
    • The median age of confirmed cases is 44 years
    • 30% of cases have been hospitalised
    • 13 cases admitted to ICU - representing 2% of all cases hospitalised
    • 147 cases- 25% of cases are associated with healthcare workers
    • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 55%, followed by Cork 15%


    Of those for whom transmission status is known, community transmission accounts for 42%,close contact accounts for 23%, travel abroad accounts for 35%.


    The Health (Preservation and Protection and other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Act 2020 was signed into law by the President of Ireland on Friday, 20 March. This Act empowers the Minister for Health to prohibit and restrict the holding of certain events, and to close certain premises, for example public houses.


    Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The Department is aware that pubs in some areas of the country are continuing to open, in contravention of existing public health advice.


    "If any such premises become known to us, the Minister will be advised to use his regulatory powers to enforce the temporary closure of premises in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 


    “We are also asking An Garda Siochana to assist in encouraging the public to abide by the public health advice on social distancing by encouraging any groups congregating in public to disperse.”


    Dr Ronan Glynn,Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We must continue in our efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19 together, as a society,to protect our healthcare workers and our most vulnerable.”

  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told his Fine Gael parliamentary party colleagues last night that Ireland could return to a version of level 4 restrictions after March 5th.

    It would allow people to travel within their own county, and permits outdoor dining.

    NPHET will meet this morning to consider the current situation, with 54 Covid-related deaths and 1,335 new cases reported yesterday in the Republic.

    There were 78 new cases confirmed in Galway, 34 in Mayo, six in Sligo, five in Leitrim and less than five in Roscommon.

    The number of people with the virus being treated in public hospitals has fallen to 1,598, while there are 212 patients in ICU nationally.

    ICU consultant Alan Gaffney is vice-president of the Intensive Care Society and he says the situation is improving in critical care units.

  • Shopping centres have re-opened their doors this morning after being shut for three months because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Nursing homes are also opening to visitors today for the first time since March.

    Meanwhile, efforts are under way to find out what protection antibodies may have against new infection of Covid-19.

    The HSE's starting a new study today of people in Sligo and Dublin to get an overall national estimate of infection in the population.

    New figures show the death toll from coronavirus in the Republic has reached 1,706, after one more person was reported yesterday as having died with the virus.

    There was an additional positive confirmed case of Covid 19 in each of three Connaught counties yesterday.

    Mayo had one more, now standing at 571 confirmed cases, Roscommon had one more case, now standing at 342, and one additional confirmed case of the virus in Galway, now standing at 486.

  • There have been three further Covid-19 related deaths and 1,167 new cases.

    263 of the latest cases are in Dublin, 142 in Meath, 137 in Cork and 86 in Cavan, the remaining 539 are spread across all other counties.

    There are 71 new cases in Galway, 36 in Mayo, 18 in Sligo, 16 in Roscommon and five in Leitrim.

    The 14 day incidence rate of the disease nationally is now at 291.

    314 people are being treated in hospital with the virus - an increase of 27 in the past 24 hours, while 34 people are in ICU's.

  • There have been three further deaths of Covid-19 and 84 additional cases.

    51 in Dublin, six in Offaly, five in Kildare and the remaining 22 cases are located in Mayo, Galway, Cork, Donegal, Roscommon, Meath, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wicklow.

  • The Department of Health has been notified of 939 new cases of Covid-19, while three further deaths have also been recorded.

    The figures come as the number of people with the virus in hospitals across the country reached its highest level since 20 May.

    262 of the cases are in Dublin, 96 in Cork, 61 in Meath, 53 in Galway, 51 in Donegal and the remaining 413 cases are spread across all remaining counties.

    There are 23 new cases in Sligo, 18 in Mayo, twelve in Roscommon and less than five in Leitrim.

  • There has been a further three deaths from Covid-19, and 47 new cases have also been announced.

    It means the total number of confirmed cases now stands at 25,111.

    The overall death toll is 1,659.

  • Three UK-based contractors who travelled to Ireland to work at the Corrib Gas terminal at Bellanaboy in north Mayo have tested positive for Covid-19.

    Vermilion Exploration & Production Ireland Limited, which operates the Corrib gas field, confirmed the positive case results this evening. 

    The company says that the individuals, all of whom were asymptomatic were tested on the same day they arrived in Ireland and restricted their movements while awaiting results. One of the positive cases was returned earlier this week and two were confirmed today.

    Midwest News sought clarification from the company over the quarantine practices underway by specialists workers at the gas terminal earlier today.

    Vermillion says that the workers will now quarantine for the next 14 days and will be tested again before being allowed to work. Tracing of close contacts is currently underway by the HSE. Contract colleagues have been advised to self-isolate and private accommodation is being arranged.

    Vermilion told Midwest News that that all personnel travelling from overseas are Covid 19 tested upon arrival and restrict their movements until a negative result is confirmed, after which they are free to travel to and from their accommodation to work. When not at work they are required to restrict their movements and follow public health advice.

    It is understood that a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Ireland is not required due to the ‘essential’ nature of the work at the Bellanaboy gas terminal.

    Vermilion has engaged a number of specialist workers to support essential maintenance works at the Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal.

    The highly specialised nature of the work is such that it requires the company to bring in this expertise from abroad,” said Vermilion.

    The company is now re-testing all contractors who have travelled to Erris in the past two weeks. Vermilion said as part of internal Covid-19 protocols they actively test all non-Irish Specialist Contractors when they arrive in the country.

    “All contract workers need to return a negative Covid-19 test before they can enter our facilities and start work. All of these individuals are required to restrict their movements and follow public health guidance when not at work”.

    The testing is carried out by an independent third-party company “based in Dublin.

    Vermilion said the terminal continues to operate safely and there are no Covid-19 cases on the facility.


  • Threshold, the national housing charity, has announced the establishment of a dedicated freephone helpline to support workers in the hospitality sector impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

    The service is being financed as part of the €1.5 million Guinness Fund announced last week.

    The service will provide tailored advice to anyone who is worried about their ability to pay rent as a result of the current situation.

    The helpline is available through a new freephone number, 1800 77 88 99 or via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , operating Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, for a two month period.

    The service will ensure that anyone whose income has been impacted as a result of COVID-19, can get access to advice and guidance regarding their tenancy, including negotiation with landlords, which is especially relevant in the context of rapidly changing social welfare entitlements and rental laws and policies.

    John-Mark McCafferty, CEO, of Threshold says as the only charity in Ireland specialising in the Private Rented Sector, they know that people are very worried and anxious in light of the current pandemic.

  • Tougher restrictions will have to be considered in the next week or two if a new clampdown on gatherings in households fails to halt the spread of Covid-19.

    This was the stark warning last night from infectious disease consultant at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, Professor Sam McConkey. He was speaking as it emerged a clampdown on gatherings in households will be introduced in a last-ditch attempt to curb the surge of the virus.

    Visits to a family home will be restricted to a maximum of six people from one other household over the next three weeks. The latest attempts to slow the spread of Covid-19 comes as a further 442 cases were confirmed, with four people dying of the virus.

    170 are in Dublin, with 47 in Cork, 28 in Donegal and 23 in Meath, 21 in Galway and 12 in Roscommon.

    The five-day average for cases is now 412 and 18 counties have an increased incidence rate. There are also 119 people in hospital, with 20 in critical care, and there were 32 deaths in September.

    New Department of Health statistics revealed that the Donegal area of Lifford-Stranorlar had the highest coronavirus incidence rate in the country, jumping from 336.1 to 602.6 per 100,000 since last week. Celbridge in Co Kildare and the Kimmage-Rathmines area of Co Dublin had the second and third-highest rates, with figures of 305.2 and 282.8 respectively.

    Health Minister Stephen Donnelly warned “we need to do everything we can” to avoid moving the entire country into Level 3 restrictions.

  • Tubbercurry Family and Childcare Resource Centre this week launched their new booklet “Families feeling their way through Covid 19”.

    The booklet is now available free from all Family Resource Centre’s in Co Sligo and from the Council offices.

    Sandra Cribben who is Tubbercurry FRC’s Project Coordinator said this booklet is a collaboration project by Tubbercurry FRC and is part of Sligo’s Covid Community Resilience Plan‘s– Keep Well Campaign. 

    The booklet is designed to help families deal with the extra pressures that have arisen due to the pandemic.

  • A further 362 case of Covid-19 have been confirmed along with two deaths.

    One of the deaths took place in October and one is under investigation by health officials.

    90 of the new cases are in Dublin, 48 in Donegal, 34 in Limerick, 29 in Louth and 24 are Cork.

    There are eleven new cases in Galway, nine in Mayo, five in Sligo and less than five in both Roscommon and Leitrim.

    The 14 day incidence rate per 100,000 people is now 145, down from 152 yesterday.

    280 people are being treated for the virus in hospital and 38 are in ICU.

  • 299 more cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed and two further deaths.

    94 of those are in Dublin, 41 in Donegal, 27 in Wicklow, 14 in Louth, 13 in Limerick and the remaining 110 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

    There are eleven new cases in Galway, five in Mayo and less than five in Roscommon and Sligo.

    There is a Slight decline in the 14-day incidence rate to 92.3

  • Two schools in Kerry have sent some of their students home after pupils tested positive for COVID-19.

    Both schools - a primary and a secondary - are in the same area.


    The secondary school sent home students in one school year after a pupil tested positive for COVID-19.

    The school found out this morning that the student had contracted the virus.

    The school took the decision to send home all the students who are in the same class year as the pupil.

    Just one student in the secondary school has tested positive for the virus.

    The primary school, which is in the same area, as the secondary school sent home two classes after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus.



  • 542 more people have contracted Covid-19 here and two more patients with the virus have died.

    Dublin had the most cases at 181.

    There were 59 in Donegal, 50 in Limerick, 36 in Cork and 25 in Kildare.

    There are eight new cases in Sligo, seven in Galway, five in Mayo and less than five in both Roscommon and Leitrim.

    The national 14-day incidence rate is down again, to 175 infections per hundred thousand people.

    Limerick has overtaken Cavan and now has the third-highest rate in the country -- behind Donegal and Meath.

  • Two more people have died with Covid-19 and there are 234 new cases today.

    Of today's cases, 103 are in Dublin, 30 in Donegal, 22 in Galway, 21 in Cork, 13 in Wicklow, 12 in Louth.

    While the rest are spread across 12 counties.

    The death toll in the Republic now stands at 1,794.

  • There were two additional confirmed cases of Covid 19 in county Sligo over the past 24 hours. While the number of cases oif the virus nationally rose by a further 69 yesterday, there were no additional incidents of the virus in the other 4 counties of Connaught.

    5 more people with the virus in the Republic have died.

    Those living in Kildare, Laois, and Offaly could face local Covid-19 restrictions being introduced later, while over 70s and the medically vulnerable are being advised not to use public transport there.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team is to give residents in the three counties further instructions today, due to deep concerns over the rise in cases of the virus.

    226 cases, mainly in meat plants, have been confirmed in the three counties over the past two weeks, while 80 workers at one food plant in Timahoe, Co. Kildare have tested positive.

    At least 60 new cases will be confirmed in Kildare, Offaly and Laois this evening, with over-70s there being warned to immediately limit the numbers they are in contact with.

    Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronan Glynn says clusters in meat plants in the midlands is particularly concerning.

  • Two more people with Covid-19 have died in the Republic of Ireland.

    There have now been a total of 1,652 coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland.

    The HPSC was also notified of 66 additional confirmed cases of Covid-19.

    There is now a total of 24,990 confirmed cases of the disease in Ireland.

  • There's a warning the UK variant of Covid-19 has adapted and become better at moving from person to person.

    The Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory says it will become the dominant variant in Ireland.

    Dr Cillian De Gascun is urging people to keep their distance to reduce its opportunities to spread.

    There's been 60 further deaths and 3,231 new cases.

    GP Advisor to the HSE, Dr Ray Walley says while the numbers are coming down, we still have a long way to go.

  • A report sought by the former Minister for Health Simon Harris from the HSE last June, into the management of Covid -19 at Mayo University Hospital has not been published, despite being completed.

    The Minister commissioned the report into concerns expressed by public representatives in Mayo over what appeared to be the considerably higher incidents of Covid 19 in the county compared to other Connaught counties.

    However, under a Freedom of Information request by Aontu, the content of the report have now come to light.

    Mayo Aontu representative, Paul lawless, who has secured the report, says it identifies numerous issues with the management of the virus in the hospital. He spoke to Midwest News today and said the report lists 'challenges at the outset' of the pandemic, including a 'lack of isolation facilities, Emergency Department risk due to overcrowding, no isolation, lack of negative pressure rooms and bed capacity'. The report also notes that the 'general infrastructure in part of the building is on the risk register'. 

    A further aspect of the report's findings is that the hospital and the district hospitals in Mayo were 'interdependent' and as such 'two way traffic between these sites' existed at the outset of the pandemic.

    The 7-page report then identifies a number of "issues that need to be addressed going forward", including the problem of the "physical infrastructure in Ballina and Belmullet district hospitals being substandard in terms of multiple occupancy rooms, layout and space".

    There was, according to the report, "an initial delay in testing (of about two weeks) which was extremely challenging for the hospital". The HSE added, within the report, that a proposal for a new fifty-bed ward block consisting of all single rooms is "being progressed as a proposal with Estates Colleagues". Finally, the report concluded by stressing that "in any future public health issue, clinical staff sharing accommodation needs to be reviewed at the outset".

    Paul Lawless claimed that the report confirmed many of the stories he had been hearing from patients and staff with concerns at the hospital.

    He concluded saying that he very much welcomes the recommendations of the report, specifically regarding the need for a new fifty-bed ward for MUH.

    “This report should have been published immediately upon completion. It is disappointing that it wasn’t published and that I had to resort to submitting a request under the Freedom of Information Act to get my hands on it. I would urge the government to see to it that the report’s recommendations are implemented as a matter of urgency”.