Covid-19 Update: Wed. 9th Sept. 2020 – 3 New Deaths – 84 New Cases

This evening, figures from the Department of Health confirm that there has been sadly 3 new deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll here in the Republic of Ireland remaining at 1,781.

However, there are 84 new additional cases reported today, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic, at 30,164.

Of the cases notified today 51 are in Dublin; 6 in Offaly; 5 in Kildare, with the remaining 22 cases spread across Tipperary (now with 734 cases), Cork; Donegal; Galway; Mayo; Meath; Roscommon; Westmeath and Wicklow. Of today’s confirmed cases, 32 are men, 52 are women and 66% are under 45 years of age.

In new figures published today, from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, up to midnight last Saturday, there have been five Covid-19 outbreaks reported originating from pubs; five cases confirmed in a restaurant or cafe and two linked to hotels. Of 85 workplace outbreaks; 31 were in meat/poultry processing plants, 5 were in mushroom farms and 7 were linked to a retail outlet.

Within vulnerable populations, there have been outbreaks in direct provision centres (292 cases); the Traveller community (101 cases); Roma community (69 cases); prisons (24 cases – two among prisoners with the remainder being staff cases through community transmission) and the homeless and those with addiction issues (20 cases).

There have been 2,018 outbreaks of Covid-19 in Irish private houses.
The 14-day incidence of Covid-19 infection in Dublin has risen significantly in recent days to a colossal 70.8 cases per 100,000 people, according to data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre for the two weeks ending at midnight on 7 September. This rate was 53.2 only six days ago.

Other Covid-19 News:
Tipperary Medical Practitioner, Dr. Pat Harrold, (Nenagh Co. Tipperary) has taken Deputy TD Mattie McGrath to task on radio over his nonsense claims relating to the number of Covid-19 deaths.
Mr McGrath, one of 23 TD’s in the Dáil who employs family members, thus creating jobs within the State; [In Mr McGrath’s case one of his daughters and a niece share the role of his parliamentary assistant; while another daughter works part-time as his secretarial assistant], grabbed unto and promoted the misleading and inaccurate information being spread by failed populist politician, anti-vaccinations, anti-eviction and anti-EU, Mr Ben Gilroy.

Both Mr McGrath and Mr Gilroy, as far as we are aware have no medical qualifications, nevertheless, people on social media are believing and sharing their idiotic claims.

We remain unsure if Mr McGrath has now joined the Direct Democracy Ireland (DDI) political party or if he was simply attempting to attract votes, latter votes which he found scarce during counting at the last General Election.

Meanwhile, trials of a Covid-19 vaccine under development by AstraZeneca and Oxford University have been put on hold, owing to a reported side effect in a patient in the UK. The Vaccine developers did not reveal any further information about the patient’s condition other than to describe it as “a potentially unexplained illness”.

Please do stay safe by reducing social contacts; avoiding crowds; physically distancing; while wearing face coverings and washing your hands regularly.


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