Covid-19 Update: Thur. 7th Jan. 2021 – 10 Deaths – 6,521 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.

With the Covid-19 reproduction rate now between 2.4 and 3; the Department of Health have confirmed this evening that there have sadly been 10 further deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 2,307.

There are 6,521 new additional virus cases reported today, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic, at 127,675.

According to Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub, showing data relevant up to midnight: Tuesday January 5th, 2021, there have been 2,336 confirmed killer Covid-19 virus cases here in Co. Tipperary to date; with 777 new recorded cases in the past 14 days, an increase of 175 in the past 24 hours, up until midnight last night, January 6th 2021. Currently earlier today there were 78 patients with Covid-19 receiving treatment within University Hospital Limerick, latter facility which serves North Tipperary; with six people in intensive care units.

Of today’s cases; 2,174 are in Dublin, 571 in Cork, 382 in Limerick, 342 in Waterford, 315 in Wexford; with the remaining 2,737 cases located across all other counties.

In Northern Ireland today, sadly an additional 17 deaths from Covid-19 were reported, with another 1,410 new infections confirmed.

The rollout of the vaccination programme for Tipperary nursing homes was brought forward from January 11th to today Thursday, January 7th. Residents and healthcare staff at the Thurles Community Hospital of the Assumption were vaccinated today as part of this rollout.
Mrs Frances Hearne, a 90 year-old woman from the Mullinahone area, become the first patient at the Thurles facility to receive the vaccination today, while Ms Nessa Merrigan, a Clinical Nurse Manager 1 (CNM1) was the first staff member to benifit.

The Cabinet had agreed yesterday to close schools from next Monday, due to rising Covid-19 infections; but Leaving Cert students had been allowed to attend three days a week. However, this evening the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) have directed teachers not to return to classrooms. The ASTI claim that they were not consulted before yesterday’s announcement and had not been provided with the necessary assurances that schools are sufficiently safe for students and teachersin the context of the new variant of Covid-19 currently circulating within local community.

There are now 1,043 patients with Covid-19 in hospital in the Republic, with 96 patients in intensive care units.

Total global cases up to 5.30pm this evening, now stand at well over 87.5 million, with global deaths almost 1.89 million.

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

Please Do Stay Safe.


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