GP warns border shutdown is required to curtail virus

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre have confirmed an additional 8 new Covid-19 related deaths in the Republic of Ireland.



The number of new cases recorded yesterday was 444.  There were 16 cases in Donegal, 6 in Sligo and less than 5 in Leitrim.



There were 21 people being treated for Covid-19 in the North West’s two main Hospitals, 2 of those patients were being treated in ICU.



30 new Covid-19 outbreaks were identified at schools over the past week – while there are 125 open clusters in the settings.


Households is still the largest spreader of the disease according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre with over 3,000 open clusters.


The 14-day incidence rate has fallen again to 212.


The reproductive number of the disease is believed to be between 0.7 and 0.9.


Border based GP Illona Duffy says the key to keeping the infection rates low is stopping non-essential travel across the border: