Fifty-nine laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 from six Irish health regions were linked to an international flight into Ireland in summer 2020
An outbreak case was defined as positive PCR for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (naso-pharyngeal swab) in either a passenger or a contact of a passenger. Thirteen cases were passengers on the same flight to Ireland, each having transferred via a large international airport, flying into Europe from three different continents.
The flight into Ireland was 7.5 h long and had a passenger occupancy of 17% with 12 crew
“The governments of Australia, Italy and the Netherlands say they detected cases of the new strain. It was identified in the Netherlands in early December.
A few cases of COVID-19 with the new variant have also been reported to the ECDC, Europe’s disease monitoring agency, by Iceland and Denmark. Media reports in Belgium say cases have also been detected there.”
There have now been more than 60,000,000 confirmed coronavirus infections globally and the infection rate is still increasing.
Three mink farms in the Republic of Ireland have been told their mink are to be culled to halt a potential spread of a mutated form of coronavirus.
Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan has said the country’s farmed mink population should be culled.
In a letter to the Department of Agriculture, Dr Holohan said the presence of farmed minks presents “an ongoing risk to public health” if the Covid variant found in Denmark was to become “the dominant strain of the virus”.
He said all mink should be culled “as a matter of urgency”.
Only part of the European Union population can be inoculated against the new coronavirus before 2022, EU officials said in an internal meeting, as the vaccines the bloc is securing may not prove effective or may not be manufactured in sufficient doses
Breath samples have been shown to be more reliable than nasal swabs for detecting Covid-19, a new study published by researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RSCI) has shown.
Professor Bryan Hennessy, one of the lead researchers involved, said the findings were “quite dramatic” and described the research as “cutting edge”.
“We had 15 patients who clinically appeared to have Covid-19 but whose swabs were negative for the virus. We collected breath samples from them and we were able to detect Covid-19 in 14 of these 15 patients,” Prof Hennessy said.
Public to stay within 5km of home but people will be allowed to meet outdoors with one other household
This makes a recent mental health diagnosis one of the strongest risk factors for coronavirus infection.
Schools to remain open and public to be asked to stay within 5km of home