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NPHET to meet this evening following surge in Covid-19 cases

Aug 17, 2020 13:08 By Shannonside News
NPHET to meet this evening following surge in Covid-19 cases NPHET to meet this evening following surge in Covid-19 cases
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The National Public Health Emergency Team is meeting this evening following a recent surge in cases of Covid-19. It comes at a critical time,

The National Public Health Emergency Team is meeting this evening following a recent surge in cases of Covid-19.

It comes at a critical time, with just 10 days to go until schools begin to reopen.

The Department of Health's Monday night corona virus press briefing has been postponed, as NPHET will meet this evening instead to discuss the rise in cases.

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There's been a case in every county over the last two weeks, with 266 confirmed in the last two days alone.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says NPHET is concerned and they may recommend further national restrictions or to continue with local lockdowns as necessary.

The Health Minister is expected to meet with the Acting Chief Medical Officer following the NPHET meeting this evening, before bringing the recommendations to Cabinet.

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Internationally, restrictions are being brought back in across Europe as many countries deal with increasing Covid-19 cases.

New Zealand's elections have been postponed and the Democratic National Convention in the US is being held remotely this week.

Last Friday, the 7-day moving average of worldwide COVID-19 cases reached its highest level ever, at over 261 thousand.

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It's been spread across many countries, even impacting on election campaigns.

In the US, the Democrats will hold it's national convention remotely, instead of in front of a large crowd of delegates and supporters.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's general election has been pushed back by a month.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it will now take place on October 17th.

Elsewhere, two countries on the safe travel Green List have reimposed restrictions.

Nightclubs in Italy have been forced to shut after more than 600 new cases were confirmed on Saturday - the highest since May.

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Bars in restaurants in Greece are also forced to shut.

Cases continue to spike in France, which has recorded over 3 thousand in the last two days.

In total, 21.8 million people worldwide have been infected with Covid-19, with over 773 thousand deaths.

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