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Covid-19 Update: Thur. 17th Dec. 2020 – 3 Deaths – 484 New Cases.

The Department of Health have confirmed this evening that there have sadly been 3 further deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 2,143.

There are 484 new additional virus cases reported today, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic, at 77,678

There are 202 coronavirus patients in hospitals, with 31 cases being treated in intensive care units, across the Republic.

Of today’s cases;150 are in Dublin, 45 in Wexford, 40 in Cork, 32 in Donegal, 29 in Limerick and the remaining 188 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

Minister for Education, Ms Norma Foley, has confirmed that schools will not close early for Christmas, nor will they reopen later than is planned after Christmas. This is based on the fact that there is no evidence or recommendation from public health authorities to do so.

A further 12 people with Covid-19 have sadly died in Northern Ireland, bringing their total there to 1,154. A further 656 new cases of the disease have also been confirmed taking their cumulative total to 60,287.

Paramedics from the National Ambulance Service will be working in Northern Ireland this weekend to help ease pressure on the health service there. The request was initiated by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service due to continuing operational challenges in their efforts to provide a full level of cover.

The CEO of the HSE Mr Paul Reid is urging people to keep their contacts as low as possible and to keep house visits to an absolute minimum over Christmas.

The EU is to start Covid-19 inoculations on December 27th, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has stated. Deliveries will start on December 26th. from vaccine production sites in Belgium and Germany.

Total global cases up to 5.30pm this evening, now stand at over 74.5 million with global deaths at well over 1.66 million.

Please be mindful, this Christmas season that this virus remains a constant danger, especially to vulnerable and older persons.

Please Remember “Every Contact Matters”.

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