Covid-19: Evening Update

Here’s A Reminder Of Today’s Covid Headlines

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The Department of Health has been notified of 1,098 cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.

The figure is a decrease of 329 on yesterday’s figure.

There are currently 163 Covid-19 patients in hospital – of which 26 are in ICU.

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69 percent of young people living in very rural areas of mid- and north-west-Cork say that their mental health was the area of their lives most adversely affected by the lockdowns.

That’s according to an in-depth academic study, carried out on behalf of IRD Duhallow, looking into the effect of the lockdowns on 220 young people aged between aged 16 to 35 in the Duhallow/Lee Valley regions.

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The HSE says it’s hoped walk-in centres will further improve uptake of the Covid vaccine.

Latest figures show that 72.4 percent of adults in Ireland are now fully vaccinated.

10 thousand people have so far availed of the walk-in service at over 20 centres this weekend.

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Employers are calling for clear guidance from the Government on people returning to the workplace.

Business group ISME says it’s still unclear what exactly is expected from companies under the state’s Work Safety Protocol.

The issue centres around conflicts between the vaccination status of workers and their right to privacy.

The Government is hoping to have some normality in workplaces from September.

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The HSE has more than doubled advertising spend due to public health messages about the pandemic.

In 2019 advertising accounted for 4.9 million euro, while last year that figure soared to 10.9 million euro.

The Sunday times reported that 7.32 million euro was spent on pandemic-related messaging alone from March 2020 to last month.

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A DCU Professor says experts believes Ireland must vaccinate over 90 per cent of people here to drive down coronavirus.

However, Professor of Health Systems Anthony Staines doesn’t think this can happen until Christmas.

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Police in France have fired tear gas and water cannons at demonstrators as thousands took to the streets in Paris to protest against the ‘special virus pass’.

It requires proof of a coronavirus vaccination or a negative test for entry to restaurants and all domestic travel.

It’s the third weekend of protests against the pass which is due to be brought in on the 9th of August.

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The Irish Medical Organisation says the number of older people delaying treatment during the pandemic is ‘not unexpected’.

Many pensioners are turning up at Emergency Departments with serious conditions because they’ve waited so long to get treated.

The IMO says the shortage of doctors and beds isn’t helping.


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