pandemic

  • We're being warned the next seven days are vital to see if we can contain the spread of the coronavirus.

    2,910 people now have Covid 19 here and 54 people have lost their lives, with one death in the west in the last 24 hours.

    New figures show we are flattening the curve as the daily growth of cases has decreased from 33 to 15 per cent.

    But Professor Phillip Nolan from the Modelling Advisory Group says we can't become complacent.

    Tougher travel restrictions into and on the island of Ireland will be discussed when the National Public Health Emergency Team meets this morning.

    New measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 in nursing homes will also be discussed.

    It could take up to 10 days for people to receive the result of their coronavirus test. Many testing centres have faced problems because of a shortage of equipment.

    Dr Cillian de Cascun from the Coronavirus Expert Advisory Group says it's disappointing but they're working on it.

    The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in western counties now stands as: 28 in Mayo, 77 in Galway, 19 in Sligo and 10 in Roscommon

     

  • History will record that as a state we 'spectacularly failed the nursing home sector' during the pandemic. That’s the view of Sligo Leitrim TD Marc MacSharry

    The Fianna Fail TD, who was commenting on the high mortality rates in nursing home settings from the coronavirus, has called for stringent measures to be implemented quickly in settings with vulnerable people from now on to deal with the public health crises.

    Deputy MacSharry told Midwest News that he believes that more stringent measures should have been implemented sooner to save lives in the sector.