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Suspected Cases Of Delta Variant Virus In Co. Offaly.

The Department of Health this evening has confirmed there have been some 393 new additional Covid-19 virus cases reported. (Same case numbers are subject to future data validation, because of the Russian Cyber attack on the HSE’s notifying system.)

There are 46 people with Covid-19 remaining in hospital today in the Republic of Ireland and of that number 14 are in ICU’s.

The Taoiseach has said Ireland is almost on target to introduce the EU Digital Covid Certificate from July 19th next.

The new European system, which comes into operation for a number of countries from July 1st, is designed to enable people to travel across the European-wide bloc.

Meanwhile, a Tipperary neighbouring county primary school is dealing with a suspected case of the Delta Covid-19 variant, which has double the risk of hospitalisation after infection, compared to the original strain of Covid. Parents at a school in Co. Offaly have been contacted informing them that all students who use a bus service, regardless of the class year they are attending, each must now consider themselves as a close contact.

While currently cases of the Delta variant remain low here in Ireland, HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Colm Henry warns that it is a race against time to insure that a critical portion of our population get vaccinated before the variant takes hold.

Reports coming from our capital city Dublin today, state that young people who are not yet vaccinated are behaving as if the pandemic has fully come to an end. City streets are reported packed with individuals consuming cheap supermarket alcohol, while failing to socially distance and wear face coverings; each behaving in a party like atmosphere not just at night, but also during the day.

One must ask, “Do parents actually care about the health of their young people?
We have no doubt that we will see figures rise in the coming days and weeks.

The total known worldwide number of virus cases identified up to 4.30pm this evening, now stands at well almost 178.00 million confirmed cases, with global deaths at well over 3.85 million.

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