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Over the past fortnight there have actually been 226 new Covid-19 cases in Kildare, Laois and Offaly

Homeowners of Kildare, Offaly and Laois will not be permitted to travel outside of their counties except for in limited circumstances, under strategies agreed by the Irish federal government.
There have actually been 226 cases of Covid-19 in the last 14 days in the counties.
That is nearly half of all cases in the Republic throughout that duration.
Restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and bars will be closed for the localised restrictions which are because of come in to effect from midnight on Friday.
They will stay in location for two weeks.

Homeowners will be permitted to take a trip beyond these counties for the following reasons:

To travel to and from work, where it is not possible to work from house.
To go to medical appointments and collect medications and other health items.
For essential household reasons such as caring for children, susceptible or elderly individuals – but omitting social visits.
For farming purposes consisting of food production and look after animals.

People are being asked not to travel to these counties unless for work. Visits to assisted living home, jails and severe settings in these three counties must be suspended, other than on caring grounds.
Places of worship might stay open for personal prayer, however the federal government is urging Masses and spiritual services to be provided online. An optimum of 25 people can attend funerals.
No sporting events or matches must happen, however, non-contact sports and training might continue outdoors, based on a maximum of 15 individuals.
All indoor gatherings including any type of household, private household or social indoor events of people will be limited to a maximum of six people from no greater than 3 households in total.
In a televised address on Friday evening, Taoiseach (Irish PM) Micheál Martin stated clusters were a “serious concern” and “we must secure public health”, adding that “everything else is secondary to that”.

He said that while the government will do everything possible to prevent a go back to high levels of transmission citizens hold an “equal duty” to do so.
” Pause and assess what you can do support those companies sticking to the suggestions and guide clear of those who are not,” he stated.
He urged individuals to live the words of the late SDLP leader John Hume, who stated “Solidarity is strength”.
Mr Martin said that spirit has actually never ever been “more important than today”.
The Irish health authorities had actually previously voiced concern at the current Covid-19 infection rate in the country, particularly in Kildare, Laois and Offaly.
The acting chief medical officer stated the volume of cases in the 3 counties was “substantial” and he prompted watchfulness.
On Friday, the Republics Department of Health was informed of 4 additional deaths connected to Covid-19 and 98 more cases of the infection.
Junior federal government minister Sean Fleming advised all sporting organisations to abort matches in the 3 counties this weekend.
A a great deal of the Kildare cases are connected to break outs in meat and food processing factories.
One Kildare company, OBrien Fine Foods in Timahoe, validated it has suspended operations after 80 of its personnel checked favorable for Covid-19.
In a statement, the food business stated it had engaged personal screening service provider and added “the level of asymptomatic infectivity seems really high”.
An R variety of almost 2 is a major concern.
On Thursday evening, Prof Philip Nolan from the NPHET validated that the Republics of Irelands R rate is now approximated to be 1.8.
The R rate, or recreation rate, refers to the average number of individuals a newly-infected person is anticipated to pass the virus on to after contracting the disease.
Prof Nolan stated “a recreation number of nearly 2 is a major issue”.
He added that “although we have actually not yet seen a significant boost in community transmission, there is a considerable threat this might establish over the coming days and weeks”.
Prof Nolan chairs the NPHETs Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn advised people in Kildare, Laois and Offaly to “stay watchful to stop the further spread of Covid-19 in these areas”.
” While the bulk of these cases can be represented by outbreaks, this volume of cases is significant and our primary priority now is to ensure that these outbreaks do not cause prevalent neighborhood transmission in the region,” Dr Glynn stated.