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Covid-19 Update: Mon. 14th Sept. 2020 – Zero New Deaths – 208 New Cases

Killer Covid-19 Virus Growth Rate Places Ireland Third Highest Amongst EU Member States

This evening, figures from the Department of Health confirm that there has been Zero new deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll here in the Republic of Ireland remaining at 1,784.

However, there are 208 new additional cases reported today, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic, at 31,192, with one case denotified.

There are sadly two deaths and 109 new cases confirmed in Northern Ireland.

Of the cases confirmed today; over half or 108 cases are located in Dublin; 18 are in Louth; 12 in Donegal; 10 in Meath; 9 in Kildare; 8 in Waterford; 7 in Cork and 6 each in Limerick and Wexford.
The remaining 24 cases are spread across counties Tipperary (741 cases todate); Carlow; Cavan; Clare; Galway; Kilkenny; Laois; Longford; Mayo; Roscommon; Westmeath and Wicklow.

Other Covid-19 News In Brief.

An Tanaiste Mr Leo Varadkar has stated that there is a “growing confidence” that a Covid-19 vaccine will be available in the first half of next year. However, he warned that until that happens it will be a “game of cat and mouse” with the virus that will mean the implementation of local restrictions for parts of the country.

The period of self-isolation for Covid-19 positive cases here in the Republic has been reduced from 14 days to 10 days. However, for close contacts, people must still restrict their movements for 14 days. These changes have come into being following a review of international evidence, following a study by the Health Information & Quality Authority.

Infectious diseases consultant Dr Clíona Ní Cheallaigh has described the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases here in Ireland as worrying with the scene changing in hospitals where patients are presenting themselves a unwell with the virus. Dr Ní Cheallaigh also warned that in pubs people are in a closed space and can’t wear a mask when they are having a drink so pub will be high risk by their very nature. There is no zero-risk environment unless you stay at home she further stated.

Ireland, together with the Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy and Latvia have begun testing new links between their Virus tracing application servers, according to the European Commission. The new system will ensure that applications will work seamlessly across European borders.

World Health Organisation (WHO) European director Hans Kluge, has warned that Europe will see a rise in the daily number of Covid-19 deaths during the months of October and November. His remarks come as the World Health Organisation has reported nearly 308,000 new cases over the past 24 hours.

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