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Covid-19 Update: Sun. 21st Feb. 2021 – 1 Death – 679 New Cases.

29 New Killer Covid-19 cases confirmed in Co. Tipperary.

Only YOU and you alone can stop the current chain of virus transmission.

The Department of Health has confirmed that there has, sadly, been 1 further death caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 4,136.

There have been 679 new additional virus cases reported within the republic today. This leaves the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception, here in the Irish Republic, at 215,057.

Cases confirmed in the 8 local electoral areas of Co. Tipperary, between the 2nd and 15th of February, show that there were 18 further cases confirmed in Thurles, 35 in Carrick-on-Suir, 17 in Cahir, 55 in Cashel/Tipperary, 11 in Templemore / Roscrea, 41 in Clonmel, 30 in Newport and 34 in Nenagh.

Of the cases today; 230 are in Dublin, 59 in Limerick, 48 in Galway, 47 in Kildare, 29 in Tipperary, with the remaining 266 cases located across 19 other counties; with no new cases reported in either Co. Roscommon or Co. Leitrim.

In all, there have been a total of 4,767 virus cases confirmed within the borders of Co. Tipperary, to midnight on Friday February 19th last.

Nightclubs may be permitted to remain open later, together with Sunday pub opening hours, under a plan formulated by the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, to reform alcohol licensing laws. These changes could form part of the Government’s efforts to boost the hospitality sector’s recovery, when eventually the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions are lifted, hopefully in mid summer.

In Northern Ireland, sadly, 4 further people have died from Covid-19, with 263 newly confirmed cases today.

There are 744 people with Covid-19 in hospital, and of that number, 148 are in ICU’s, according to Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub.

Some positive news; Professor Mr Brian MacCraith (Latter head of the High Level Task Force on Covid-19 Vaccination) has stated that Ireland is on course to distribute one million vaccination doses per month during the months April, May and June.

An Taoiseach Mr Micheál Martin stated yesterday that he is considering concerns raised by a number of Catholic Archbishops, at a recent meeting, held regarding the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on public worship and upcoming Easter celebrations in early April next.

People with underlying health conditions are likely to be moved up the vaccination priority list under a plan being worked on by Government this weekend. Same could see some 370,000 people aged between 18 and 64 being upgraded in the current ranking order.

In other news, 10 prisoners in the Midlands Prison have tested positive for Covid-19 in the latest round of mass testing at the Portlaoise facility. This follows a number of staff at the 800-inmate facility also testing positive for the virus in recent weeks.

Some 205,955 first doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered by the Health Service Executive (HSE) here in Ireland up to February 18th, with 120,520 having received their second dose.

Worldwide, a total of at least 201,042,149 vaccine doses have been given worldwide, as of 10:00am yesterday morning. This figure does not include the latest information data from Russia and China, both of whom have ceased to make known their vaccination progress in recent days.
Meanwhile, the total worldwide number of cases identified up to 5:30pm this evening, now stands at well over 111.1 million confirmed cases, with global deaths well over 2.46 million.

Please Stay Safe – By Staying at Home.

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