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Covid-19 Update: Wed. 18th Nov. 2020 – 12 Deaths – 379 New Cases

19 further killer Covid-19 virus cases confirmed in Co. Tipperary

The Department of Health have confirmed this evening that there have been sadly 12 further deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 2,006.

There are 379 new additional cases reported today, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic, at 69,058.

Of this evening’s confirmed cases; 19 are located in Co. Tipperary (Total 1,409 cases to date, per RTE summary); 116 in Dublin; 38 in Donegal; 30 in Meath; 27 in Cork; 22 in Limerick; 22 in Louth; with the remaining 124 cases located across all other counties.

Other Covid-19 news
The current number of staff at Limerick’s hospital group; the medical facility serving North Tipperary, who are now absent from work, self-isolating as a result of a Covid-19 infection outbreaks, has risen to 221, up from 161 last week.

However, according to public health data published just today, there has been a marked fall in the number of Covid-19 outbreaks recorded in our educational facilities. For this reason alone calls by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland for serious consideration to be given to closing schools on Friday 18th December, instead of Tuesday 22nd December, are most likely to fall on deaf ears within the Dept. of Education.

Meanwhile, people are being urged to observe fully the public health guidelines regarding funerals, as concern have been raised about recent associated outbreaks of the Covid-19 virus.

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland have announced that a further 9 people have sadly died from Covid-19 virus. An additional 549 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases recorded in Northern Ireland to 47,711.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) have stated that activities involving dining, drinking, exercising, singing or shouting, together with prolonged face-to-face conversation, especially in indoor crowded environments, were associated with an increased risk of transmission of the virus in several of their studies.

Pfizer Inc with their German partner BioNTech, have stated that final results from the late-stage trial of its Covid-19 vaccine indicates it has been 95% effective, adding it has had the required two months of safety data and would be applying for emergency US authorisation within a matter of days.

Total global cases this evening, now stand at almost 56 million [Global Cases – 55,784,525] with global deaths at well over 1.3 million [Global Deaths – 1,341,360].

Remember: “Spread the Message, not the Virus”.

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