Top four things you need to know – Wednesday August 18

The government’s being urged to accommodate seven times as many Afghan refugees as it has agreed so far.

The Taliban yesterday tried to assure citizens their human rights would be protected, but thousands are fleeing the country after their takeover.

Ireland has committed to taking at least 150 people from Afghanistan, and they’re due to arrive here in the coming days.

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The Chief Medical Officer says the incidence of Covid-19 is rising steadily in all age groups and in 21 of 26 counties.

The 14-day incidence rate is 493 cases per 100,000 people, the highest it has been since January.

1,496 new cases were reported here yesterday, while 230 were in hospital last night, and 54 in intensive care.

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Gardai are appealing for help in finding a missing man in Co. Cork.

Chris De Jager, from Macroom, was last seen in the town on Tuesday at 5:25pm driving a Seat Altea car.

The 40-year-old is 5-foot-10 with black hair and brown eyes.

Gardai and his family are concerned for his welfare, and believe he may be in the Tipperary area.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Macroom Garda Station.

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Gardai are appealing for help in finding a missing man in Co. Cork.

Chris De Jager, from Macroom, was last seen in the town on Tuesday at 5:25pm driving a Seat Altea car.

The 40-year-old is 5-foot-10 with black hair and brown eyes.

Gardai and his family are concerned for his welfare, and believe he may be in the Tipperary area.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Macroom Garda Station.

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