Four more coronavirus deaths in Ireland

DUBLIN, Ireland – As new easing of restrictions are announced, Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre announced in Friday that four new Covid-19 related deaths have occurred..

There have now been a total of 1,714 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland to date.

Sixteen new confirmed cases of coronavirus has taken the tally to 25,355.

“The National Public Health Emergency Team met today and noted that approximately half of those diagnosed with COVID-19 in the community take more than two days from the onset of symptoms to make contact with their GP,” Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said Friday.

“The most important actions anyone can take from the moment they experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 is to self-isolate immediately, restrict the movement of household contacts and make phone contact with their GP.”

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “This evening, a new COVID-19 dashboard will be launched which will provide up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community, including the number of daily cases, deaths, number of people in hospital and ICU and a daily update on testing figures.”

“In addition, the dashboard also allows people to monitor the number of cases of COVID-19 in their local area. The management of COVID-19 is an individual task, where we all must remain aware of the disease in our community, follow public health advice and adopt protective behaviours.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: “The reproductive number is now estimated to be close to 0.7. It is heartening to see that none of the data suggests that there is a significant increase of transmission of COVID-19 in the community since the commencement of Phase 2.”

Dr Siobhn Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead, said: “COVID-19 symptoms are common symptoms and therefore some people may not be inclined to immediately seek medical attention for a cough, shortness of breath, change in sense of smell or fever to their GP. In the context of this pandemic we are asking you to do so, to help us limit the spread of COVID-19.”

Meantime, the Irish Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan has welcomed a new report from the special Advisory Group to the Arts Council, established to identify ways for the arts sector to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.

“The government recognises the huge impact the pandemic has had on the arts sector and, as importantly, the artists, arts practitioners and all those employed in these sectors. This report and the other work of the Arts Council has provided valuable guidance,” she said Friday.

“Since the start of the pandemic, we have engaged with the sectors, we have listened and the government has responded with supports, including the extension of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme, all underlined by this week’s very significant support package of €25 million. The report asks for an urgent response from the state and that is what we have come forward with.”

“Along with my Cabinet colleagues, I share a strong belief in the power of the arts and culture and their deep value to our lives. In spite of the enormous difficulties that the pandemic has created, there is a sustainable and exciting future for artists, arts practitioners and cultural workers and we are committed to supporting them and making this a reality,” Madigan said.

Published at Sat, 20 Jun 2020 17:49:30 +0000, source Four more coronavirus deaths in Ireland.

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