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Covid-19 Update: Thur. 26th Nov. 2020 – 3 Deaths – 335 New Cases

19 Killer Covid-19 virus cases in Co. Tipperary

The Department of Health have confirmed this evening that there have been sadly 3 deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 2,036.

There are 335 new additional cases reported today, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic, at 71,494.

Of this evening’s confirmed cases; 19 each in Co. Tipperary and Co. Cork; 119 in Dublin; 29 in Kilkenny; 23 in Limerick; 20 in Donegal; with the remaining 106 cases located across 19 other counties.

This evening there are 246 patients with coronavirus in Irish hospitals with 35 people in intensive care units, (ICU’s).

Other Covid-19 News
Minister for Social Protection Ms Heather Humphreys has confirmed that over 1.6 million people currently in receipt of State benefits are set to receive a Christmas bonus, same payable in the week beginning 7th December, at a total cost to the Exchequer of €390 million. Same Pandemic Unemployment Payment recipients will retain their entitlement to this Christmas bonus, even if they do return to work when public health restrictions are eased next week.

HSE Chief Executive Mr Paul Reid is imploring the public to continue to follow public health guidance to preventing the spread of Covid-19, even if restrictions are eased following expected announcements tomorrow, as expected. Ireland now has the third lowest 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of population of 31 EU countries.

NPHET are of the firm opinion that it would be preferable to continue to only have takeaway service for restaurants and pubs during Christmas.

Meanwhile,World Health Organization Executive Director Dr. Mike Ryan has stated that the arrival of vaccines will not mean zero Covid-19. Dr. Ryan has warned that the relaxation of restrictions will inevitably lead to an increase in virus transmission. He further warned that the Irish Government’s tactics in relation to the easing of current restrictions over the Christmas period, will affect the outcome.

Total global cases up to 5.30pm this evening, now stand at almost 61 million with global deaths at well over 1.42 million.

Finally, inform your children; Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Simon Coveney, has confirmed that Santa Claus has been deemed an essential worker and will not be subject to Covid-19 travel restrictions when he arrives in Ireland on December 24th 2020.

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

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