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2,777 Virus Cases Confirmed On Island Of Ireland.

The new virus surge caused by the Delta variant is now well under way here within the Irish Republic. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has stated that the cases of Covid-19 are increasing in 22 out of 26 counties, as the Department of Health confirms 1,377 additional cases.

The Department of Health has further confirmed that there are now 78 people in hospitals with 22 of those in intensive care units (ICU’s).

An Taoiseach Mr Micheal Martin, has firmly stated that the way people behave, as our controls begin to end, will be crucial in determining the path of the pandemic over the coming months. How we behave over the next few weeks will have a material difference.

The 14-day incidence rate in the local electoral areas of Tipperary, (in the 14 days between Jun 29th, 2021 and Jul 12th 2021) reads as follows:-
6 cases in Thurles, 6 in Roscrea – Templemore, 13 in Nenagh, 12 in Newport, 25 in Cashel-Tipperary, 5 in Cahir, 16 in Clonmel and 0 in Carrick-on-Suir.

In Northern Ireland, 1,400 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the past 24 hours, along with, sadly, 2 further coronavirus-related deaths. The Southern Health Trust, in Northern Ireland, which manages healthcare in much of counties Down and Armagh, announced yesterday evening that hospital visitors would be suspended until further notice, with exceptions only made for end of life visiting.

Ireland is entering a new phase of the pandemic involving dramatically rising cases, with a total of 2,777 cases confirmed on the whole island of Ireland.

Meanwhile, so called opposition party TD’s have voted against legislation, which will allow for the introduction of only vaccinated persons being permitted to enter the indoor hospitality sectors, stating it was “discriminatory”.

Discrimination of course occurs only when persons are being treated less favourably, i.e. because of their gender, civil status, family status, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins).

To attempt to prevent citizens from contacting a killer disease must surely be seen to actually trivialise the true meaning of the word ‘discrimination’.
I now greatly fear that if pubs and restaurants (because of greed), do not behave correctly, it will affect not just the reopening of schools, but also reverse the decision to reopen this same hospitality sector down the line.
With Government and so called opposition politicians now on holidays, probably best not for them not to travel far, as they may be needed very shortly to reverse some of the reopening decisions undertaken following pressure from various agencies, all of whom saw health & safety as secondary to material wealth.

Meanwhile, Barcelona and other cities in Spain’s north eastern Catalonia region will impose a night-time curfew, same starting this weekend to fight a surge in virus cases, after the measure has been granted full court approval. This curfew is intended to discourage social gatherings on beaches and in parks, thus curbing a spike in cases of this new highly-contagious Delta variant, especially among unvaccinated young people.

Sydney in Australia also has ordered a shutdown of all building sites; have banned non-essential retail and threatened fines on employers who make staff come into the office, as new Covid-19 cases keep rising three weeks into a citywide lock-down. Do we wish to return to all of that?

If you’re out and about this weekend, please remember to maintain 2 metres (6.5 feet) of a distance from each other; wear face covering, and maintain good hand hygiene to prevent the further spreading of this disease .

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