There have been 253 more cases of coronavirus and three further deaths confirmed, according to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). Of these cases 116 are in Dublin.
Of the 253 cases, 143 are men and 108 are women while 71 per cent are under 45 years of age. Forty-five per cent are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case.
Sixty-one of the cases have been identified as community transmission.
Of today’s cases, 116 are in Dublin, 22 in Kildare, 14 in Cork, 14 in Galway, 13 in Donegal, 10 in Limerick, 10 in Louth, nine in Mayo, eight in Waterford, seven in Wicklow and the remaining 30 cases are located in Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Tipperary, and Westmeath.
A senior Government source has said that the Cabinet had received very strong advice from NPHET on the situation in Dublin and accordingly had not varied its advice.
The source also disclosed that the situation in Dublin has shown no signs of stabilising and is indeed continuing to deteriorate.
“The modelling for the next month is not looking good. We all need to redouble our efforts,” said the source.
Another Government source said that one eventuality could be 500 cases a day in the capital, if action was not taken to curb the spread of the virus there.
A meeting of the Cabinet has been scheduled for this afternoon to discuss the proposed new Covid restrictions, it is understood.
A further 163 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported in Northern Ireland in the last 24-hour reporting period, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 8,943, including 763 in the last seven days. The Department of Health announced two further deaths with Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, bringing the total toll in the region to 575.
An SDLP MLA has confirmed he will self-isolate after testing positive for Covid-19. West Tyrone representative Daniel McCrossan has closed his office to the public as a precaution. He received a positive test result on Friday, after testing negative for the virus earlier in the week.
“Early on Monday I was made aware that I had been in contact with someone who was demonstrating symptoms of Covid-19. I immediately booked a test and informed my colleagues that I would not be able to attend plenary sessions in the Assembly this week as a result,” he said. “Late on Tuesday I received a negative test result. This was a huge relief, but unfortunately at that time a member of my household received a positive test result and, in line with the public health guidelines, I have remained in isolation at home.
“Late on Wednesday I began experiencing symptoms of the virus — headache, fever and a new cough. I booked another test for Thursday and received the positive result today.”
Mr McCrossan said his priority is to keep those around him safe.
“This virus spreads so easily, the member of my household and others who were tested had no symptoms at first. It’s a frightening reality. “This virus is still very much with us and I would urge everyone to please follow the public health guidelines, to maintain social distancing, continuing washing hands and to get tested if you show any symptoms at all. “This is the only way we can keep infection rates low and protect the vulnerable and elderly.” Mr McCrossan said he will continue to work in isolation.
Six patients at Craigavon Area Hospital’s haematology ward have died with Covid-19, the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said. Fourteen patients and 23 members of staff had tested positive for the disease. Three patients at a male medical ward at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry who tested positive had also died. Eleven patients and 21 staff had tested positive. The trust added: “Two staff members who tested positive are connected to theatres in Daisy Hill. “Due to the impact on staffing, some elective surgery lists at the start of next week will be postponed.”– PA