Taoiseach Micheál Martin has actually said any spike in Covid-19 cases is concerning and the situation needs to be seen and kept track of really thoroughly over the next couple of days.
Speaking as he reached Dublin Castle for a conference of the North South Ministerial Council, he stated the Government will be looking to see if the increase is part of a “pattern” or related to specific clusters that have actually emerged in recent days.
He stated what is “heartening” is the reaction of the screening and tracing device here.
Mr Martin said he talked to Performing Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn last night about this and stated the tracing and evaluating appears to be quite “intensive” in getting on top of this situation.
In relation to cooperation with Northern Ireland, Mr Martin stated they are always looking for “greater alignment” and a higher joint technique in handling Covid-19
The Taoiseach said the Chief Medical Officers in the Republic and in Northern Ireland are working well together and the challenge for both north and south is keeping the community transmission low.
” We are enjoying what is taking place all over Europe.
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Mr Martin likewise said he has actually made it very clear he desires kids to go back to school in August.
He stated he thinks the significance these days’s North South Ministerial Council meeting is it will be a driver for follow-up meetings on a sectoral level in between the respective ministers, particularly in health.
Not the time for ‘knee-jerk reaction’
Earlier, Dr Glynn stated the sharp increase in cases yesterday is “cause for concern” however restated that it is not the time for a knee-jerk reaction.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Early morning Ireland, he said cases are being enjoyed carefully and is confident that what is being seen is proof that the contact tracing system is working “actually well”.
” We know over the previous weeks there have been a number of clusters and what we hope is the numbers the other day reflect the quick screening of those clusters and the identification and seclusion of those within those clusters.”
Yesterday, 85 brand-new Covid-19 cases were reported in addition to another death of somebody who tested positive for the coronavirus.
The general death toll is 1,763 and the overall total variety of cases here has increased to 26,027
Dr Glynn stated that up until previously today the Covid-19 patterns kept an eye on by the National Public Health Emergency Situation Group (NPHET) were looking excellent.
He stated they are never amazed when they see big clusters as they know the infection is really transmittable.
He said the high figure of cases the other day is not an indication that anything was done wrong by people, as ” even when individuals are doing the best things, the infection can spread out”.
He stated to his understanding all workers have been checked at the family pet food factory in Co Kildare, where there was an outbreak, however it is harder to avoid spreading out the infection if individuals are sharing living space.
” If a virus gets into the setting like that, it will spread rapidly,” he added.
Between 30 and 40 new cases are related to employees at the factory in Naas, which is likewise linked to outbreaks at 2 direct arrangement centres in the midlands.
He stated he comprehends all those living in direct provision centres are being secured and the clusters that were determined are being consisted of.
Dr Glynn stated the obstacle with home clusters is identifying them quickly and securing down on them.
He said that “to do that we need individuals to come forward and put their hand up for screening” if they are showing symptoms or have been a close contact with somebody who has actually tested favorable for Covid-19
He would not be made use of the specifics of smaller clusters however said a number are connected to families, which he stated is not surprising.
Dr Glynn advised individuals to limit their time invested with others and to take proper cautions when meeting others.
In relation to cases connected to travel, he said 2 of the cases the other day are travel associated.
” We have actually had cases connected with travel and we will have more but they are the minority of cases. Ultimately what will determine the course of this infection is the actions of everybody in the neighborhood.”
NPHET worried over circumstance in Europe
He said the scenario in Europe is actually worrying and NPHET needs to gain from what is taking place worldwide and avoid a similar scenario occurring in Ireland.
He added that before NPHET even thinks about transferring to Phase 4 of the lifting of constraints, it needs to evaluate what will occur over the next 24 hours.
The Other Day, Dr Glynn appealed to the general public to double down on all the fundamental procedures to avoid the spread of Covid-19 ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.
He said we are now at a crucial point and what occurs next remains in the control of everyone and prompted people to double down on the basics, avoiding large crowds, physically distancing, wearing face coverings and cleaning hands routinely.
Virologist warns versus reopening of pubs
An Assistant Teacher of Virology at Trinity College stated the question to be asked now as a society is can we move quick sufficient to utilize interventions and effectively curb Covid-19 transmissions?
Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sarah McInerney, Dr Kim Roberts said she would be concerned if Ireland relocated to Phase 4 with the existing numbers.
She stated that taking a look at other nations and taking examples from them, it would be “ill-advised” to move ahead with reopening bars.
Dr Catherine Motherway, Intensive Care Professional at Limerick University Health center, stated bars are constantly going to be a difficult location and people will need to be careful when they resume.
She said the focus now is on being able to find cases and manage them, but the best manner in which people can manage the virus is through their own behaviour.
Dr Motherway stated the majority of people in the health care sector are “incredibly tired” and some have actually said to her they do not know if they could face it again.
” We will if we have to, but if we contain it within the community that will assist.”
Development of workplace clusters a concern
A consultant in transmittable illness at St James’s Health center said the increase in cases is worrying.
Professor Clíona Ní Cheallaigh stated it restores memories of the pain and distress that the previous surge caused however added that there is a lot more understanding now about the illness.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Early morning Ireland, Prof Ní Cheallaigh stated break outs can easily happen among those sharing lodging with others.
” It is not rocket science to realise if you have settings in which multiple people, who are not part of the exact same household, are sharing living space, or sharing bedrooms, sometimes even sharing beds, for an illness like this which spreads so easily in close contact, that truly is a dish for catastrophe.”
She stated a lot of individuals who have Covid-19 have no symptoms or moderate signs, so often it is too late when they realise they have the virus and it has currently spread out among those they are in close contact with.
She underlined the risk of the infection dispersing in the workplace where break spaces and common toilets are settings where the infection might spread from droplets landing on taps or door manages.
The World Health Company says data to date recommends 80%of Covid-19 infections are moderate or asymptomatic, 15%are extreme infection, needing oxygen and 5%are vital, needing ventilation.
Generally, you need to be 15 minutes or more in the area of a contaminated person and within 2 metres of them, to be considered at-risk, or a close contact.