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Covid-19 Update: Wed. 6th Jan. 2021 – 17 Deaths – 7,836 New Cases

Please do remember at this difficult time, that essential contact phone numbers for Thurles, Templemore, Borrisleigh, Littleton, Two-Mile-Borris, Horse & Jockey and Holycross are available to view HERE.

NOTE: Businesses named in the latter contacts indicated immediately above, whose establishment details are followed by the letter D (after their name and telephone number), convey the ability to provide a Home Delivery Service, thus allowing you, yourself ,to continue social distancing.

“Every individual in Ireland should consider themselves potentially infectious. Our health system will not continue to cope with this level of impact.” – Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan

The Department of Health have confirmed this evening that there have sadly been 17 further deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 2,299.

There are 7,836 new additional virus cases reported today, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic, at 121,154.

According to Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub, showing data relevant up to midnight: Sunday January 4th, 2021, there have been 2,212 confirmed killer Covid-19 virus cases here in Co. Tipperary to date, with 625 new recorded cases in the past 14 days, an increase of 113 in the past 24 hours, up until midnight last night, January 5th 2021.

Of today’s cases; 2,263 are in Dublin, 1,373 in Cork, 496 in Louth, 345 are in Limerick, 340 in Meath, with the remaining 3,019 located across all other counties.

The Cabinet has agreed to close schools from next Monday, due to rising Covid-19 infections, but Leaving Cert students will be allowed to attend three days a week. For obvious reasons, this decision by government will be regarded as being totally out of touch with regard to activities involving social distancing by students over Xmas. It had been hoped that Leaving and Junior Cert examinations, could have had holidays shortened at Easter and Summer in order to allow for social distancing until the end of January, keeping in mind that Ireland has exceeded the peak level of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 921 people now in hospital. [Last record of 881 hospitalisations occurred on April 15th 2020.]

The Cabinet has also decided that non-essential construction will stop at 6:00pm on Friday next. However, essential construction projects exempt will include health projects specific to Covid-19; housing adaptation grantsrepairs critical to the maintenance of rail and roads.

Passengers arriving from Britain and South Africa will now need to have a negative PCR test for Covid-19.

The European Medicines Agency has approved the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine for use. This is the second vaccine for the novel coroanvirus to receive approval from Europe’s medicines regulator, following the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine, which was approved last month.

There are now 921 patients with Covid-19 in hospital in the Republic, with 88 patients in intensive care units.

Total global cases up to 5.30pm this evening, now stand at close to 87 million, with global deaths well over 1.87 million.

Please rediscover the spirit of solidarity – remember: “Only YOU can stop the chain of transmission.”

Please Do Stay Safe

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