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Coronavirus: Six new deaths and just five new cases as resumption of cervical screening confirmed

1,726 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of six from yesterday.

Not all of these people passed away today – this is the number that were reported to the Department of Health today.

While there has been a total of five new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today.

That means there is now a total of 25,396 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

As of midnight on June 21st, 92% of all confirmed cases to date are estimated to have recovered from COVID-19.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Through our collective action, we have moved in the right direction in our fight against widespread community transmission of COVID-19.

“As we go forward, the behaviour and progression of this disease is in all of our hands.

“Every single one of us today has the ability to reduce the impact the virus might have on our most vulnerable and those at risk.

“You can do this by keeping a physical distance from others or wearing a face covering when in busy public places like shops and public transport, and by continuing to keep your number of daily contacts as low as possible.”

Northern Ireland, the UK and globally 

There was one new Coronavirus related death in Northern Ireland, leaving the total at 547.

There was two new Covid-19 cases recorded in Northern Ireland in the previous 24 hour period, so the total number of cases is 4,877.

The UK coronavirus death toll now stands at 42,801.

There are now a total 9,400,000 cases of Coronavirus globally. There have been more than 481,000 deaths while 5,000,000 have recovered.

Cervical Screening to resume 

The Health Service Executive has said it hopes to clear the backlog of suspended CervicalCheck screening tests by October.

Dr Colm Henry, HSE Chief Clinical Officer, said letters will issue from 6 July to priority groups first as cervical screening resumes.

He said that screening using new HPV testing will start the following week.

Breast Check and Bowel Screening programmes to resume in September, Diabetic Retinopathy in July.

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IBEC call for end of quarantine 

Employers’ group Ibec has called for Ireland’s international travel restrictions to be ended and for testing and tracing to be used in place of “ineffective” quarantine measures.

People entering Ireland from abroad currently have to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon arrival into the country.

Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said there were benefits from quarantine but there were costs too and the benefits will only accrue if the quarantine is effective.

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Important information 

Symptoms of Covid-19 include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties.

Further resources:

  • The HSE: Official advice on the coronavirus in Ireland. This is being updated based on the number of confirmed cases and how the virus spreads in Ireland.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs: Official advice on where to avoid travelling to. Also a resource for those who are abroad.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO): The UN agency on global public health publishes statements and daily situation reports based on the latest data.
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): The EU agency on the number of cases, deaths and how it’s spreading in Europe.
  • The Johns Hopkins University map: A heat map of the confirmed cases across the world.

A helpline for older people who are concerned about the coronavirus has been launched by Alone. The number is 0818 222 024, and it’s open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.