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Killer Covid-19 Cases Reach 6,273 Today On Irish Mainland.

There have been 4,791 new cases of Covid-19 reported by the Department of Health over the past 24 hours here in the Republic of Ireland; up 171 cases based on yesterday’s reported figures.

There remain 536 patients with Covid in our hospitals, same figure down from 571 also reported yesterday; with 118 of these patients receiving treatment in intensive care units across our State.

Sadly, to date, 112 Covid-related deaths have been notified during November 2021.

According to Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, social contacts over the festive period will fully determine the number of cases existing over the next few weeks and months; further warning that continuing high case numbers suggests that pressure on our health system will continue for some time to come. On Tuesday next, the Irish Cabinet is expected to sign off on a decision to reintroduce mandatory hotel quarantine, following Dr Holohan’s advice.

Last evening, Minister for Health Mr Stephen Donnelly announced mandatory home quarantine measures for people coming from some seven southern African states, to Ireland, following the recently discovered Covid-19, B.1.1.529 strain of concern, same renamed as “Omicron” by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
‘Omicron’ is now the 5th variant of concern, designated by the WHO.

Between the 14 day period, November 9th, 2021 and November 22nd, 2021, the following number of cases have been confirmed in each of the Co. Tipperary local electoral areas (LEAs):
Nenagh – 339; Thurles – 276; Carrick-on-Suir – 256; Roscrea-Templemore – 245; Clonmel – 228; Cahir – 204; Cashel-Tipperary – 195 and Newport – 177.

In Northern Ireland another 1,482 new cases of coronavirus have also been confirmed today, down from 2,004 reported yesterday. Sadly, 2 further Covid-19-related deaths have also been reported by their Department of Health.

Britain will now require all arriving passengers to isolate until they can show a negative PCR test against Covid-19, following two cases of the new ‘Omicron’ strain having emerged there.

Paris has made the wearing of face masks outdoors mandatory again at public gatherings as the Covid-19 infection rate in the French capital soars.

Australia and several other countries have joined nations imposing restrictions on travel from southern Africa, after the discovery of the new Omicron coronavirus variant sparked global concern and triggered a sell-off on financial markets.

Financial markets plunged yesterday, especially the stocks of airlines and others in the travel sector, as investors worried the variant could cause yet another surge in the pandemic thus stalling a global recovery.

The HSE and Health Minister Mr Stephen Donnelly, incorrectly in my view, took the brunt of a weekly ill-informed tirade today, from Tipperary TD, consistent whinger and recognised Tipperary embarrassment, Mr Mattie McGrath, latter who declared Mr Donnelly’s position as untenable.
One now feels it’s time to retire this same, out of touch TD, Mr Mattie McGrath, to history, come the next general election; although we doubt if history is interested in comedy.

Continue to listen to science and do continue to keep yourself and your family safe by regularly washing your hands; wearing a mask when appropriate and cut down on your social contacts.

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Killer Covid-19 Cases Reach 6,624 Today On Irish Mainland, Up 311 On Yesterday’s Figures.

The Department of Health this evening has confirmed a further 4,620 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, here in the Irish Republic.

The number of people in hospital with coronavirus stands at 571, down 27 since yesterday, and of these, 118 remain in intensive care units around the country, a decrease of 8 on yesterday.

Here in The Irish Republic, booster vaccines will be offered to everyone aged 16 years and over, following new recommendations from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC). Minister for Health Mr Stephen Donnelly has stated that he has accepted these recommendations, which have also been endorsed by the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan.

In Northern Ireland, there were 2,004 new infections confirmed today.

There are currently 370 Covid patients in northern hospitals, down from 395 yesterday.

There are 33 being treated in intensive care units (ICUs), down 2 on Wednesday. Sadly, however, 9 Covid-19-related deaths have also been reported in Northern Ireland today.

The European Union have agreed to suspend travel on flights from southern Africa after the detection of a new Covid-19 variant, as fears grow about a new COVID-19 variant. The UK, Germany and Italy have already banned flights from South Africa and a number of other African countries within the region. EU Commission Chief, Frau Ursula von der Leyen has stated that what worries health officials is the fact that this new variant has a very unusual constellation of mutations, raising fears vaccines would be less effective against it and that it is even more transferable than the current Delta variant. Variant B.1.1.529, dubbed ‘the Botswana variant’, currently has 32 variations according to virologists.

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Killer Covid-19 Cases Reach 6,313 Today On Irish Mainland, Up 489 On Yesterday.

The Department of Health has confirmed a further 4,764 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, here in the Irish Republic, bringing the number of cases within the past 14 days, to 62,401 cases.

The number of people being treated for the virus in hospital now stands at 598, down 13 since yesterday. Of these hospital patients 126 are being treated in intensive care units across the Republic; down 6 since we reported yesterday.

An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has stated that Covid-19 case numbers appear to have started to plateau at worryingly high level, but added that he would like to see them fall even further in the run up to this year’s Christmas festival season. He further warned that the pandemic is not under control and high levels of the virus are circulating in the community. He described the situation in ICUs as tight and worrying, as scientists in South Africa state that they have detected a new Covid-19 variant, which goes by the scientific lineage number B.1.1.529 and which has a very high number of mutations, blaming same for the upward surge in infection numbers.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil TD Mr Cathal Crowe said he was appalled to observe so many people not wearing masks on public train transport recently. In Dáil Éireann, during a debate on Covid-19, Mr Crowe described the situation as giving the “two fingers” to society and their attitude an affront to Irish front-line health workers. The HSE’s Dr Colm Henry has also stated that there has been considerable concern recently regarding the number of confirmed cases affecting hospital staff. However, Ireland remains at the top of the European League in terms of adults being fully vaccinated with our rate standing currently at some 93.3%.
To this end, “Walk-in booster Covic-19 vaccination clinics” for healthcare workers and people aged 60 to 69 have been opened by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

In Northern Ireland today, a further 1,549 new cases of coronavirus were reported; down from 1,931 reported just yesterday.

There currently remain 395 Covid patients in northern hospitals, up from 386 reported yesterday. Of these, 35 are being treated in intensive care units (ICUs), down 1 on yesterday’s figures.
Sadly, 5 Covid-19-related deaths have also been reported in Northern Ireland today.

Abroad, the Czech government has declared a state of emergency for 30 days, due to a surge in coronavirus cases, according to Czech Television.

One of the world’s most vaccinated nations, Portugal, has reimposed restrictions to stop a surge in Covid-19 cases, ordering all persons flying into the country, even those fully vaccinated, to show a negative test on immediate arrival.

Continue to listen to science and do continue to keep yourself and your family safe by regularly washing your hands; wearing a mask when appropriate and cut down on your social contacts.

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Funding For Organisations Supporting Victims Of Abuse & Crime In Tipperary.

Minister for Justice, Mrs Helen McEntee announces details of funding for organisations supporting victims of abuse and crime to mark 16 days of activism against gender based violence

  • 18 organisations are to receive funding this year primarily for regional based domestic abuse services.
  • Move will fill gaps in supports identified in areas of the country and for categories of victims
  • Announcement coincides with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
  • €4.9m in extra 2022 funds for organisations supporting victims of crime also open for applications

To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Minister for Justice, Mrs Helen McEntee TD, has confirmed details of extra funding for areas of the country or categories of victims not currently fully covered by support services for victims.

As part of Minister McEntee’s ‘Supporting a Victim’s Journey Plan’ to help victims and vulnerable witnesses, a mapping exercise was undertaken to identify gaps in funding and how to address them. A number of organisations were identified where additional funding would allow them to provide further services and to increase the geographical spread of support to victims of crime.

Minister McEntee said, “I’m delighted to be able to confirm these details as we mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and start the UN’s 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.
In general terms the funding will increase these organisations ability to supports victims especially given the rise in those seeking help.
This will be done primarily by increasing phone line hours, emotional support, and increased court accompaniment. Most of the funding gaps identified called for increases to regional-based domestic abuse services so the geographical spread of support will be increased.
Tackling domestic, sexual and gender based crime is a priority for me and the Government. I am leading work on a new whole of government plan to tackle these awful crimes. This new plan will be the most ambitious to date and will be published early next year”.

Among the 18 organisations receiving a total of €445,000 in funding this year are Victim Support at Court, Lifeline Inishowen, Longford Women’s Link, Immigrant Council of Ireland and Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

Ms Noeline Blackwell of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said, “We will use this funding for a comprehensive information and awareness drive about accompaniment and support services.
We aim to build a set of resources which would allow anyone needing it to independently find information and guidance on what various aspects of court accompaniment mean, what services are provided, what a victim or the supporter of a victim should know.”

The extra funding is being provided in 2021. This is separate from increased funding recently announced under Budget 2022 for combatting domestic, sexual and gender based violence and for supporting victims of crime, which includes:

An additional €2.4m for specific awareness raising and training programmes on domestic, sexual and gender based violence (DSGBV) bringing to €5.35m the funding available for combatting domestic sexual and gender based violence.

An additional €1.1m will be used to begin putting in place a legal advice and legal aid service in court for victims of sexual violence.

An additional €1 million is being provided under the Garda Vote to provide accommodation for Divisional Protective Service Units.

The Budget 2022 allocation also includes €4.9m to support Victims of Crime.

The Department of Justice has invited applications for this funding from registered charities, voluntary community groups and other bodies which provide support services or assistance for victims of crime generally, including provision of support, information and advice on the rights of victims, and court and other accompaniment.

Minister McEntee added, “The objective is to ensure that all of these services are available to all victims who need them, to a consistently high standard and throughout the State”.

Applicants for funding must be civil society organisations and preferably a registered charity and must be returned by 5:00pm on December 6th 2021.

For further details on how to apply, please contact: fundsadmin-victims-crime@justice.ie

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Killer Covid-19 Cases Today Reach 5,824 On Irish Mainland.

The Department of Health has confirmed this evening 3,893 new cases of Covid-19 in the Irish Republic, over the past 24 hour period.

There remain 611 people with the virus in our combined hospitals, down 27 since yesterday, however of these, 132 are in ICUs, latter figure 2 more than was reported yesterday.

To date there has been a total of 5,652 deaths related to Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland, with same number including the 43 deaths notified in the past week.

A further 1,931 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Northern Ireland today, up from 1,476 on yesterday’s figures.

There are currently 386 Covid patients in northern hospitals across Northern Ireland, down 4 on yesterday, with 36 patients being treated in intensive care units (ICUs), up 3 on yesterday.

The Minister for Education Ms Norma Foley has confirmed that antigen testing in schools will come into effect from next Monday, November 29th. Guidance will be made available to schools and parents later this week.

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn has said that if there is a further disimprovement in the trajectory of Covid-19, then NPHET will have to make recommendations to address those concerns.

In Northern Ireland, sadly 4 Covid-19-related deaths have also been reported today. With Hospital occupancy standing at 105%; the total number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland since the start of this pandemic is 2,851.

The European Union health agency has called on member states to urgently introduce measures to reduce the burden of Covid-19 during December and January.

Continue to listen to science and do continue to keep yourself and your family safe by regularly washing your hands; wearing a mask when appropriate and cut down on your social contacts.

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