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Covid-19 Update: Tue. 11th Aug. 2020 – 1 New Death – 35 New Cases

“Keep fighting hard against Covid-19 virus”

This evening, the Department of Health has confirmed that there have been 1 new death caused by this pandemic, leaving the overall death toll here in the Republic of Ireland remaining at 1,773.

No new cases have been confirmed in Tipperary for the second day.

However, there are 35 new additional cases reported to the Department of Health, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic at 26,801.

Five of the new cases have been identified as community transmission while 24 are associated with close contacts with other confirmed cases.

Weekly testing for Covid-19 will be now be rolled out at all meat plants and direct provision centres across the country.

Speaking after this morning’s Cabinet sub-committee meeting, Taoiseach Mr Micheál Martin stated: “There will be a systemic programme of testing at all meat plants across the country; along with direct provision accomodation centres. This had been proved particularly successful with nursing homes and will also now continue with nursing homes on a regular basis also”.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) have stated that any ‘WHO stamp of approval’ on a Covid-19 vaccine would require a rigorous safety data review, after Russia announced that it had approved a vaccine for immediate use.

Russia’s ‘Sputnik V’ vaccine has been developed, we are told, by the Gamaleya research institute, in co-ordination with the country’s defence ministry, financed by the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

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