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Covid-19 Update: Fri. 18th Dec. 2020 – 6 Deaths – 582 New Cases.

The Department of Health have confirmed this evening that there have sadly been 6 further deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 2,149.

There are 582 new additional virus cases reported today, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic, at 78,254.

There are 198 coronavirus patients in hospitals, with 34 cases being treated in intensive care units, across the Republic.

There have been 109 killer Covid-19 cases here in Co. Tipperary between December 4th 2020 and yesterday, December 17th 2020.

From today, people can travel outside their county boundaries and they can have visitors from two other households.

Of today’s cases; 193 cases are in Dublin, 59 in Wexford, 47 in Louth, 42 in Meath, 34 in Cork and the remaining 207 cases are located across all other remaining counties.

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.

Demand for train seats has increased greatly this weekend, Iarnród Éireann has stated as it advised passengers to book in advance to avoid being left behind.

Cabinet to decide on Tuesday with regard, to further significant restrictions on the hospitality sector, before New Year’s Eve, the Taoiseach Mr Micheál Martin has confirmed; stating that at this time he was “very minded” to accept the advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to bring further restrictions into effect from December 28th next. Government stands ready to support the hospitality sector, he continued.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has stated that nurses will begin training next week for the administering of the Covid-19 vaccine. They have also said that it is vital the health and well-being of healthcare workers remains protected at this time. Some 12,500 healthcare worker infected up to this week.

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 up to and over the Christmas period.

Total global cases up to 5.30pm this evening, now stand at over 75.1 million with global deaths at well over 1.66 million.

The National Public Health Emergency Team and the Government continues to request the public to reduce in-person contacts, to wash their hands regularly, to keep fresh air circulating in homes, to avoid crowds while shopping and to wear face coverings.

Please, 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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