Covid-19: Evening Update

Here’s A Reminder Of Today’s Covid Headlines

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1,875 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening.

326 patients are being treated for the virus in hospital, down six from yesterday, with 59 in intensive care.

The 14-day incidence rate has risen to 531 per 100,000, and Ireland’s now classifed as ‘dark red’ by the ECDC, due to the high level of the virus.

Chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, is urging people to be cautious over the weekend.

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Gardai will inspect all pubs in the area around Croke Park ahead of tomorrow’s All Ireland football semi final.

It follows crowds gathering on the streets, drinking and celebrating after the hurling final, and reported breaches within licensed premises.

24-thousand fans can attend the match which sees Kerry take on Tyrone, and gardai say temporary closure orders will be enforced if needed.

Gardaí have confirmed they are carrying out inquiries into alleged breaches of Covid Regulations at one premises last Sunday.

The investigation is ongoing and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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The Green Party leader says people in the live events sector can look forward to going back to work in September.

The Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 has concluded its meeting and agreed to meet again on Monday where the timeline for reopening will be finalised.

Restrictions around confirmations, communions and public transport are expected to be the first things to be eased.

It’s also been confirmed there will be further engagement over the weekend with the organisers of Electric Picnic.

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The head of Ryanair says the company expects to be operating at pre-Covid levels in most countries within the next two months – except Ireland.

The airline’s moving up to a fifth of its Irish capacity to other European bases where aviation has recovered faster.

Michael O’Leary has accused the Irish government of not having a plan for reviving the sector.

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The Beacon Hospital’s vaccination model, which was in place when 20 private school teachers were jabbed, went against HSE Clinical Guidance.

A review has found it had two main weaknesses, with one being that doses were drawn into syringes before patients showed up for their vaccine.

Hospital staff believed this meant the dose had to be used within one hour – with 20 surplus vaccines offered to teachers at St Gerard’s in Bray Co. Wicklow as a result.

A review found there was no evidence to support the one hour usage claim, and that it would have been feasible for the hospital to offer the jabs to higher priority groups.

People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy says the report is very damning.

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The cabinet sub-committee on Covid will meet again on Monday, after four hours of talks today.

They failed to reach full agreement on the roadmap for reopening, which will be published on Tuesday.

NPHET has recommended waiting until 90 per cent of over 16s are fully vaccinated before restrictions are eased fully.

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The Arts Minister says she’ll be looking to see what Government can do to facilitate Electric Picnic going ahead.

The festival was given some hope after the Chief Medical Officer said NPHET wouldn’t have an issue with it going ahead for vaccinated people.

However Laois County Council says it cannot reverse its decision to deny the festival planning permission.

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A study’s found the risk of getting a blood clot from coronavirus itself is much higher than from either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines.

The research was based on the findings of more than 29-million people who had a first dose between December and April.

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The number of deaths in Ireland increased by 10 per cent in the first three months of the year compared to the same time in 2020.

There were over 9,500 deaths in the first quarter of 2021 – up from almost 8,700 in the first quarter of last year.

Almost a fifth were linked to Covid-19 – with over 1,800 people passing away with the virus.

New CSO figures show the main causes of death were cancer and circulatory disease.


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