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Covid-19 Update: Sat. 19th Dec. 2020 – 5 Deaths – 527 New Cases.

The Department of Health have confirmed this evening that there have sadly been 5 further deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 2,154.

There are 527 new additional virus cases reported today, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic, at 78,776.

There are 207 coronavirus patients in hospitals, with 28 cases being treated in intensive care units, across the Republic.

The Covid-19 situation in Ireland is getting worse, much more quickly than was expected, the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has stated. Dr. Holohan said: “Over the past week, we have expressed significant concern that the level of infection was deteriorating day on day. The data published yesterday adds further evidence that the situation is getting worse”.

It is expected that people will still be permitted to travel between counties up until and including January 6th, under plans being considered by the Government, while restaurants and bars serving food will be allowed to continue trading up until December 30th.

There have been in total 1667 killer Covid-19 cases here in Co. Tipperary to date and rising according to data last updated today, Saturday December 19th 2020.

Of today’s cases; 191 cases are in Dublin, 32 in Wexford, 54 in Cork, 44 in Donegal, 27 in Kilkenny, with the remaining 179 cases located across 20 other counties.

London and the south-east of England are to be placed into a new higher tier of Covid-19 restrictions because of the spread of a more infectious variant of the virus. This move comes after scientists on the British government’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NervTag) concluded that the mutant strain recently identified and known as VUI2020/01, was spreading more quickly.

Total global cases up to 5.30pm this evening, now stand at over 75.8 million with global deaths at well over 1.67 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.

“Stop the chain of transmission now – limit your movements today.”

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