The Week in Healthcare...(13-17/07)
  • Posted on: 17/07/2020
  • Category: Star News

The Week in Healthcare...(13-17/07)

In healthcare this week, Bar and Restaurant owners call for guidance on tourist quarantine, random Coronavirus testing for people entering Ireland, Expert Group calls for government strategy to eliminate Covid-19, rise in Covid-19 clusters in houses and Simon Harris says no guarantee over relaxing lockdown on August 10th. 

‘We don’t have time to police customers’: Bar and restaurant owners call for guidance on tourist quarantine

Some hospitality businesses have turned away tourists who are not following the quarantine advice on arrival in Ireland. Restaurant and Bar owners have called for guidance from the government in relation to customers who are not following the 14-day quarantine advice when they arrive in Ireland.

Random Coronavirus testing for people entering Ireland under consideration, says Varadkar.

Ireland needed to consider testing people coming from countries not on the “green list” of countries not deemed high-risk, Mr Varadkar told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland. That list is due to be finalised in the coming days ahead of the scheduled start of phase four of Covid-19 restrictions on July 20th. 

Expert Group calls for government strategy to eliminate Covid-19

The group says the number of new Covid-19 cases is rising steadily across Ireland, especially in younger people, who are more likely to silently carry and transmit the virus. It says the country is now facing the strong likelihood of an imminent second wave.

Government‘not doing enough’ to help meet mental health services demand – charities

Research carried out by Mental Health Reform (MHR), the national coalition on mental health in Ireland, found that many charities and service providers were experiencing significant increases in demand for services while also facing reductions in fundraising income.

Rise in Covid-19 clusters in private households

The number of clusters or outbreaks of Covid-19 reported in private households increased by 96, in the week to last Sunday, according to the latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

Simon Harris says no guarantee over relaxing lockdown on August 10

The re-opening of pubs, and some other activities, has been delayed from next Monday - for at least three weeks - because of concerns about a rise in Covid-19 cases. He said the decision not to proceed with stage four at this time “really increases the ability to make sure we get our kids back to education at end of August/September.”