2 extra deaths from Covid-19 and 23 new verified cases of the disease were reported by Department of Health on Saturday.
It brings the death toll from the illness in the State to 1,746 and the total variety of known cases of infection to 25,611
The Department of Health stated the State had actually now carried out more than 500,000 Covid-19 tests. The figure since Saturday at 3pm was 500,578
Almost 9,000 were carried out on Friday and 46,255 over the recently.
Presently there are 10 Covid-19 patients in intensive care and 13 in hospital as a result of the disease.
The figures come amidst issue over a boost in Covid-19 clusters following the easing of the lockdown.
A cluster of Covid-19 cases among a big group of youths who “partied” in rented accommodation in Killarney last weekend is being examined by public health, GPs have actually been informed.
Over 30 individuals took a trip from “different parts of the country” to Killarney and remained a number of days together, according to a letter sent out to family doctors throughout the region on Friday.
The National Public Health Emergency situation Team stated on Thursday that cases were progressively taking place amongst young people and generating clusters of the disease throughout the State.
Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said a “excellent number” of current cases were associated with take a trip, and to “groups having actually satisfied up”.
A cluster is defined by health authorities as 2 cases or more from the same location.
On the other hand, calls have been made for additional Garda resources to police using obligatory face coverings on public transport from Monday after bus and rail chauffeurs said they would not be accountable for enforcement of the brand-new procedure.
When a traveler is not using a face covering, chauffeurs can decline the person access to the train or bus. A traveler needs to abide by these demands or with a rejection of entry. Failure to comply is an offense.
The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said the using of masks on public transportation “signifies solidarity to your loved ones, your health service and their personnel who continue to be at the frontline of this crisis and uniformity to your nation as we all continue in our efforts to suppress this illness.”
The Minister for Transportation Eamon Ryan stated there had generally speaking been an excellent level of compliance on public transportation with the wearing of mask, however making it mandatory will make it more secure for everyone.
Minister of State for Trade Robert Troy stated he could not say whether additional staff would be required to police the guidelines but he would discuss the matter with Cabinet colleagues.
Asked on RTÉ Radio’s Saturday with Cormac Ó hEadhra who would enforce the brand-new procedure, Mr Troy said drivers can ask somebody to leave the bus if they were not abiding by the regulations and if that person refused to leave the bus the Garda might be called.
” The bus chauffeur can ring the gardaí to come and implement someone to get off public transportation if they decline to get off it,” Mr Troy stated.
The Fianna Fáil TD stated the guidance was clear and he criticised those who were “attempting to bring uncertainty” to it.
However, Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty stated the general public needed “clear assistance” on how the measure was going to work, who would police it, whether there would be spot checks, and whether the Garda had been provided the appropriate resources.
” The motorists do not police the law.
Confusion surrounding enforcement would undermine the general public health step, Mr Doherty included.
The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) has invited the new regulations, which it said it had been seeking for some time.
However, NBRU basic secretary Dermot O’Leary stated his members would not be policing the mandatory wearing of face coverings. He pointed to the case of a French bus motorist who died after being attacked by passengers who allegedly declined to use face masks.
Under the brand-new guidelines, gardaí can be called to enforce if somebody stops working to wear a face covering. If they continue not to co-operate, they can face arrest and prosecution, with a charge for a conviction of up to EUR2,500 fine and/or 6 months in jail.
As to what makes up a face covering, the director of the national virus reference laboratory Dr Cillian de Gascun said a scarf covering the face was acceptable as “a short-term fix” however less effective than a face mask.
Meanwhile, there is growing concern that lots of tourists getting here into Ireland are not abiding by the recommended 14- day quarantine.
Dr de Gascun stated the intro of an obligatory quarantine would be a Government choice however “we would choose not to make things necessary if we can”.
He stated: “We are likewise informing individuals from overseas, in essence, that while we desire them to check out the nation at some point in time we do not want that time to be now. If they do choose to come at this point in time then they are required to limit their motions for 14 days.”
He stated testing at airports was not an effective procedure as it created a great deal of false positives that were really resource intensive.
” The issue with testing at airports is that it provides you details at a single point in time, and a single point of time over a 14 day period.