Covid update: 217 new cases, class sent home from Dublin school

A further 217 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed on Tuesday evening by the Department of Health


While the case jump is significant in that its the highest since May, it's important to note that officials from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) also reported no further deaths from the virus.

Despite the increase, acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said the five-day moving average remained "relatively stable at 115 cases per day."

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“However, this is still a substantial number of cases and I urge everyone to double down on their efforts now - wash hands regularly, physically distance from others, wear face coverings where appropriate, avoid crowded areas, know the symptoms, isolate and contact your GP if you have any concerns.”

Also on Tuesday evening, it was reported that a class in a Dublin school had been sent home following a positive test for Covid-19.

The principal of the Dublin primary school confirmed the case earlier today on RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne show.

All students in the class have been sent home as a precautionary measure in line with current public health guidance.

The principal of the school added that the child did not contract the virus in the school.

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Meanwhile, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly announced his plans for the winter period.

Plans to reduce stress on the country’s healthcare service during the winter include an expanded flu vaccination programme set to roll out in the autumn, with all at-risk groups – including healthcare workers – having free access to the vaccination.

Vaccines for children aged from two to 12 years old will also be administered free of charge from the end of October in the form of nasal drops rather than an injection, and are unaffected by the other vaccine delay as they are arriving from a different manufacturer.

The programme hopes to prevent spikes of Covid-19 and the flu occurring at the same time.

“The health service is entering a challenging winter period, in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s important that we make every effort collectively to limit the impact on the health service over the coming months," he said.


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