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Covid-19 Cases On Island Of Éire Reach 4,840 In Past 24 Hours.

The Department of Health has this evening confirmed 3,726 new cases of Covid-19, within the past 24 hours, here within the Irish republic.

The number of people suffering with the virus in hospital stands at 493 and of these patients 90 are confined to intensive care units (ICUs) across the country.

The Minister for Health Mr Stephen Donnelly has informed the Dáil that we have to be concerned that matters relating to Covid-19 will further deteriorate. He was proposing to extend emergency legislation on existing enforcement powers and fixed penalty notices in relation to the wearing of face masks and Covid passes; the laws relating to which are due to expire on November 9th next.

Mr Donnelly is now proposing to extend these regulations for another three months to end on February 9th; in light of the uncertainty of the trajectory of the current pandemic. Dáil Éireann will vote on this proposal tomorrow night.
Sadly, Sinn Féin’s Health Spokesperson Mr David Cullinane (Him of ‘Up the Ra’ embarrassment), has stated that his party will oppose this proposed extension “in principle”. Earlier, An Taoiseach Mr Micheál Martin had stated that there were no guarantees that Covid-19 restrictions would not be re-introduced.

In Northern Ireland, a further 1,114 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, up from 948 cases recorded yesterday.

Today there were 381 patients with Covid-19 in hospitals in Northern Ireland, up from 326 on Monday.

There are currently 36 of these Covid patients in northern intensive care units, the same number as reported yesterday.

Meanwhile, NewsGuard reports that misinformation, conspiracy theories and false claims regarding the Covid-19 virus and Covid vaccines, are been allowed to spread on more than a dozen Facebook and Instagram accounts; with same having gained some 370,000 followers over the past 12 months. This confirms statements recently made by Facebook whistle-blowers.

Please do continue to keep yourself and your family safe by
regularly washing your hands and wearing a mask when appropriate.

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