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Covid-19 Update: Thur. 20th Aug. 2020 – One New Death – 136 New Cases

Another 51 persons in Northern Ireland have tested positive for coronavirus, according to their Department of Health. This information now leads to a number of new Covid-19 restrictions being introduced in Northern Ireland this evening.
While here in Cahir Co. Tipperary it is understood that a further 8 workers have tested positive for Covid-19 at the ABP Meat processing plant; a meat processing factory in Antrim has now also been closed because of a significant outbreak of the virus, with some 500 staff ordered to cocoon.

A total of 298 people have now tested positive for the virus over the last seven days, in Northern Ireland, raising their total of confirmed cases to 6,556 cases.

Here in the Republic of Ireland the number of confirmed cases in hospital are calculated at 16, down 4 on yesterday, however 6 of these patients are confined to intensive care units.
Four of these 16 cases are in University Hospital Limerick; the medical facility serving North Tipperary, while there are no confirmed cases in Clonmel General Hospital, serving the South of the county.

New global cases are up from 22,186,759 to 22,460,293; an increase of 273,534 cases in just the last 24 hours.
Global deaths have also risen from 782,019 yesterday to 788,803 in the last 24 hours, claiming the lives of yet another 6,784 vulnerable people.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education has decided to scrap plans to run school buses for second level students at full capacity. This follows advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) earlier this week. It has now been confirmed that buses for second level students will run at just 50% capacity, similar to standard public transport.

This evening, figures from the Department of Health confirm that there has been one new death caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll here in the Republic of Ireland remaining at 1,776.

However, there are 136 new additional cases reported today, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic, at 27,676; including the denotification of seven previously confirmed cases.

Of todays cases confirmed; 11 are located in Co. Tipperary; 51 are in Dublin; 24 in Kildare; 12 in Kilkenny; 7 in Cork; 6 in Limerick; 6 in Wexford; 5 in Meath, with the remaining 14 cases in Carlow, Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Offaly, Roscommon, Waterford and Wicklow.

Meanwhile, it should be remembered that Ryanair’s chief executive Mr Michael O’Leary, who yesterday accused public health officials of mismanaging the Covid-19 crisis and closing Ireland to business by advocating an “isolationist” travel policy, has forgotten he does NOT govern or indeed influence residents in this country and most certainly is not a frontline worker. Sorry Mr O’Leary, but your shareholders, who like you are also not frontline workers must/needs also take a cut in dividends, like everyone else.

Please redouble your efforts in relation to hand washing, physical distancing and reduce contacts, until this virus has been destroyed.

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