Covid-19 Update: Fri. 18th Sept. 2020 – 3 New Deaths – 253 New Cases

One new COVID-19 case in Co. Tipperary, bringing our confirmed total to 749.

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 1,792.

However, there are 253 new additional cases reported today, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic, at 32,271.

Of today’s cases, 116 are in Dublin; 22 in Kildare; 14 each in Cork and Galway; 13 in Donegal; 10 in Limerick; 10 in Louth; 9 in Mayo; 8 in Waterford; and 7 in Wicklow.
The remaining 30 cases are located spread across counties Tipperary; Carlow; Cavan; Clare; Kilkenny; Laois; Longford; Meath; Monaghan; Offaly and Westmeath.

There are 163 new cases and sadly two further deaths in Northern Ireland.

Other Covid-19 news

The Bridge House Hotel in neighbouring Co. Offaly, has confirmed that 20 people from a golf group who stayed in the hotel between September 6th and September 9th, had contracted the COVID-19 virus, now forcing the hotel to close their doors temporarily.

For the benefit of populist vote catchers, like Tipperary TD’s, Jackie Cahill, Michael Lowry & Mattie McGrath; the information hereunder provided and clearly explained by Professor Philip Nolan, (Chairperson NPHET’s Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group), should, even for them, explain the need to close restaurants and pubs, latter known to positively drive upward community transmissions.

Professor Philip Nolan explains; “(People Ask) Why close restaurants and pubs if there are so few outbreaks associated with those environments?
However, this is misreading and misinterpreting the data on outbreaks and clusters.
If I went out 5 days ago and caught the virus in a restaurant / pub, it will have multiplied silently inside me for 3 days; then I will have started shedding virus, and potentially infecting others, for 2 days.
Today I become symptomatic, I self-isolate and get a test. Public health only asks me about my contacts for the 48 hours before I developed symptoms. They don’t need to know where I got the virus; that happened 5 days ago. They want to know where the virus is going and who I might have infected, to prevent onward transmission”.

Professor Nolan continued; Wherever we mix socially: our houses, gyms, bars, restaurants. Sadly, unless we stop mixing in these settings, we know the disease will spiral out of control”.

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


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