Coronavirus: More Irish areas could come under Covid restrictions – BBC News

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On Saturday, the Irish Department of Health announced one more coronavirus-linked death

Limitations put in location in Kildare, Laois and Offaly might apply to other areas in the future, Irelands acting chief medical officer has stated.
Citizens are not permitted to take a trip beyond those counties except in restricted scenarios.
The restrictions, announced on Friday in response to a spike in cases of Covid-19, entered effect at midnight.
Restaurants, cafés and bars have been closed, and there will be no sporting occasions.
Cinemas and gyms were likewise closed under the restrictions, which will remain in location for two weeks.

” It wont take much for other regions to have a problem as well,” Dr Ronan Glynn told RTÉ.
” We need everyone to be mindful and follow public health standards.”
Compassionate grounds
On Saturday, the Irish Department of Health revealed one additional coronavirus-linked death and 174 brand-new cases, 110 of them in County Kildare.
Dr Glynn stated the National Public Health Emergency Team had been expecting a boost in cases.
” Throughout today, we have been evaluating all employees in facilities where outbreaks of Covid-19 have been recognized as well as close contacts of those individuals who have gotten Covid positive outcomes,” he said.
” Our top priority now and our factor for advising the proactive steps, is to prevent these clusters and cases resulting in extensive community transmission of the illness.”
Under the restrictions homeowners will be allowed to travel beyond the three counties for the following factors:

Checkpoints have actually been set up by Gardaí (Irish authorities) in locations near the borders of the counties to ensure the public are abiding by the constraints.
Places of praise might stay open for private prayer, but the government is advising Masses and religious services to be delivered online. A maximum of 25 people can participate in funeral services.
No sporting matches or events need to happen, however, non-contact sports and training may continue outdoors, subject to a maximum of 15 people.
All indoor events consisting of any kind of household, personal family or social indoor events of individuals will be limited to an optimum of 6 individuals from no more than 3 families in total.
Equal obligation
In a televised address on Friday night, Taoiseach (Irish PM) Micheál Martin said clusters were a “major concern” and “we need to safeguard public health”, including that “whatever else is secondary to that”.
He stated while the federal government would do everything possible to prevent a return to high levels of transmission, citizens held an “equivalent responsibility”.
” Pause and reflect on what you can do to support those services sticking to the advice and avoid those who are not,” he stated.
He urged individuals to live the words of the late SDLP leader John Hume, who said “uniformity is strength”.

People are being asked not to take a trip to these counties unless for work.
Visits to assisted living home, jails and intense settings in these three counties must be suspended, except on caring premises.

To take a trip to and from work, where it is not possible to work from home
To attend medical consultations and collect medicines and other health items
For vital family reasons such as looking after kids, senior or vulnerable individuals – however omitting social sees
For farming functions including food production and care for animals.

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A a great deal of the Kildare cases are linked to outbreaks in meat and food processing factories.
One Kildare employer, OBrien Fine Foods, in Timahoe, verified it had actually suspended operations after 80 of its staff checked positive for Covid-19.
In a statement, the food company stated it had actually engaged a private testing service provider and added “the level of asymptomatic infectivity seems really high”.
Earlier today, Prof Philip Nolan from the National Public Health Emergency Team confirmed that the Republics of Irelands R rate was now approximated to be 1.8.
The R rate, or recreation rate, describes the average variety of people a newly-infected individual is expected to pass the infection on to after contracting the disease.
Prof Nolan said a recreation variety of practically two is a “major issue”.
He added that “although we have actually not yet seen a considerable increase in neighborhood transmission, there is a considerable risk this might establish over the coming days and weeks”.